Operation College Promise (OCP) originated as a web-based resource designed by NJASCU in July 2008 to centralize transition information for servicemembers on a user-friendly web portal. This effort, which was cited as a national model by the American Council on Education (ACE) and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), led to the creation of a task force of veteran service providers from each of the nine campuses to research existing programs and services. These conversations helped mold the application and eventual receipt of the ACE/Wal-Mart Foundation “Success for Veterans” grant, one of only 20 in the nation.
Recent projects include the development of the nation’s first resource manual (The OCP Field Guide) and Certificate for Veterans Service Providers (CVSP) program for service providers. The CVSP project, which will be offered periodically in the state and beyond, brings together the nation’s most prominent experts for a 2-1/2 day workshop on building “environments for veterans’ success” wherever they are being served. “The OCP Field Guide,” now in its first reprint, is being expanded for national distribution both electronically and in print with the support of the American Council on Education and Walmart. In addition, education offices at military installations across the globe will receive this publication through the support of Thomas Edison State College.
Supportive Education for the Returning Veteran (SERV) is a program started at Cleveland State University that is designed to assist military veterans with their transition from soldier to civilian to student.
The program is open to veterans only, and is currently available at:
- University of Arizona
- West Virginia University
- Ohio State University
- Youngstown State University
SERV Classes are designed specifically for veterans, in a cohort model, to help them in that very important first year of college. In the SERV model, a VA rep is part of the SERV staff to provide onsite assistance with VA and GI Bill issues.
Operation Vets has collaborated with Dr. John Schupp and the SERV Program for several years to support veteran students. For more information, see the SERV website at www.servprogram.com
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is a nonprofit veterans’ service organization composed of combat veterans and those who currently serve on active duty or in the Guard and Reserves. Founded in 1899 and chartered by Congress in 1936, the VFW is the nation’s largest organization of war veterans and is one of its oldest veterans’ organizations. With 1.6 million members located in 7,800 VFW Posts worldwide, the VFW and its Auxiliaries are dedicated to “honor the dead by helping the living” through veterans service, legislative initiatives, youth scholarships, Buddy Poppy and national military service programs. Annually, the VFW and its Auxiliaries contribute more than 13 million hours of community service to the nation. For more information or to join, visit the organization’s Web site at www.vfw.org.