KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Congressman Fred Upton announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has selected three local colleges to jointly be home to a new campus program for military veterans.
The presidents of Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Kellogg Community College were at the announcement on WMU's campus to declare their respective campuses as united grounds for the new 'VetSuccess' Campus program.
Combined, the three schools currently serve over 1,000 veterans. In securing the VetSuccess program, they will now have the ability to enhance their services offered as well as provide assistance to more veterans in need of benefits.
The VetSuccess on Campus program was initially launched in 2009 on campuses throughout the nation as a pilot-project to aid a growing need of veterans who were not receiving their full range of benefits. The program offers not only supplies on their campus sites but also professional VA staff who understand the need not just for veteran support, but also the support to the families of veterans.
WMU, KVCC, and KCC have been widely acclaimed for their “military friendly” campus and additionally WMU has been named in the top 50 schools that are “Best of Vets” by Military Times’ Edge Magazine.
Currently, Michigan has about 700-thousand veterans and all are welcome to find help from the Vet Success resources.
Watch above for footage from Tuesday's event.