GW’s veterans’ services program received the “Vetty” award, the first of its kind from Mission Complete, a veterans employment organization in an event held on campus Wednesday night.
The GW Veterans Accelerate Learning Opportunities and Rewards program, which launched in 2013, has helped student veterans better access University’s available to them. The award acknowledges the program’s work in helping students explore career options and offering academic support.
Retired Vice Adm. Mel Williams, the associate provost for military and veterans affairs, said in an acceptance speech at the Lisner Auditorium ceremony that the award is “a true honor and very unexpected.”
“We accept this award on behalf of the more than 1,500 students who are helped by GW VALOR in honor of their service and sacrifice,” he said according to a University release.
Victoria Pridemore, the associate director of military and student services, said in a release that it’s “humbling and gratifying” for another organization to notice GW’s work toward helping its student veterans.
Liberty University Christian College Education, Pennsylvania State University and the University of Maryland were also nominated by Mission Complete for being military-friendly, according to Mission Complete’s website.