As the number of veterans continues to grow, so does Northern Arizona University’s commitment to meet their needs.
That’s why NAU is teaming up with the Northern Arizona Veteran Support Community, a network of resourceful people assisting returning veterans in achieving their goals and transitioning to life back within their communities.
“Significant numbers of veterans are looking to complete their educational goals and we need to have support in place to meet their needs,” said Chris Gunn, director of NAU’s Counseling Center.
Veteran status is self-reported so the number of reported veterans attending NAU is not complete. But based on 2009 NAU admission applications, about 520 undergraduate veterans and about 265 graduate veterans currently are enrolled at the university.
NAU Office of Student Financial Aid processes veteran’s educational benefits for veteran students. Located in the Gammage Building, it is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and can be contacted by calling (928) 523-4931 or by e-mailing, FinAid-Vet@nau.edu.
The Northern Arizona Veteran Support Community network includes representatives from NAU, veteran groups, public and private health-care agencies, Coconino Community College, peace groups, the Veterans Administration and retired citizens.
The network identifies existing agencies and resources for help with housing, employment, education, health care, behavioral health, financial assistance, legal aid, social activities and volunteer opportunities. Veterans in the network also are kept in the loop for evolving information that could help them tap into available resources.