University of Dayton Launching Military and Veteran Advisory Committee

The University of Dayton, a Military Friendly gold designated institution, is launching a new Military and Veteran Advisory Committee to help ensure veterans and service members attending and working at UD receive the services and programs they need to be successful.

“The advisory committee will offer perspectives on issues that affect veterans and their families in the context of higher education,” said Army combat veteran Sam Surowitz, director of military and veteran programs and services for the University, who will serve as an ex-officio member. “The group will make recommendations and coordinate services to support the well-being of veterans, service members and their families both inside and outside the classroom.” flag_on_campus_600x400_112420

As part of its ongoing work to make a UD education more accessible and affordable to high-achieving students, the University has made increased efforts to reach veteran students.  UD has grown military-affiliated and veteran enrollment to more than 400. The University offers a Student Veterans of America chapter on campus and recently started a chapter of SALUTE, a national honor society for veteran students. The University is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant, meaning undergraduate tuition is covered for students receiving the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon. Some graduate students are also eligible.

The committee, which is chaired by Grant Neeley, chair of the department of political science and an executive officer for a public affairs unit in the U.S. Navy Reserve, is currently seeking members on campus and will convene in January.