In honor of Veterans Day, Bemidji State University is pleased to celebrate the many opportunities available through the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities for veterans and service members to achieve their educational goals.
Since 2009, the colleges and universities of Minnesota State have awarded over 243,000 credits to student veterans and service members in recognition of their knowledge and learning gained while in service to our country, saving them approximately $45 million in tuition.
“Veterans and service members are well deserving of our nation’s gratitude, so it is an honor and a privilege for us to provide service to them in return,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State. “We are proud of our track record helping veterans as they make the transition from military service into civilian careers that meet workforce needs in Minnesota.”
Bemidji State will be closed in observance of the Veterans Day holiday on Thursday, Nov. 11.
The colleges and universities of Minnesota State serve more than 8,800 veterans and service members and provide a variety of services and options to help them plan their return from service and reintegration into the workforce. In addition to providing an education that helps them advance their civilian career, some of the many other opportunities Minnesota State offers veterans and service members include:
- Awarding academic credit for military training and experience
- Helping veterans make sure they get the most of their GI Bill benefits
- Equipping nearly every Minnesota State campus with a Veteran Resource Center that provides support and service focused on meeting the unique needs of veterans and their families
- Waiving application fees for active-duty military service members deployed overseas
- and many other military-friendly policies.
At 11 a.m. on Nov. 10, Bemidji’s local chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars held a presentation of colors and flag-raising ceremony at the university’s flagpoles by Deputy Hall.
Associate Professor of Music and Air Force veteran Scott Guidry performed “Taps” on the trumpet during the ceremony. Prior to joining the BSU faculty, Guidry served a 20-year Air Force career and was most recently the director of operations for the U.S. Air Force Band. Additionally, he was the officer in charge of the ceremonial brass and airmen of note.
Additionally, a “Missing Man” table will be on display in the Lakeside dining area of the lower Hobson Memorial Union beginning Nov. 10. The table will commemorate soldiers who went missing in action during deployments and did not return home.
- Jason Wehry, veterans services coordinator, email@example.com