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By:  Rachel Spenser ’19

Salem State University has a great program for veteran’s and their families. In 2018 the university was awarded Top College and University by Military Advanced Education and the award Best for Vets by Military Times. Veteran Affairs at SSU is there to assist veterans and current armed forces members. They also help dependents and survivors with educational benefits, both state and federal. They want veterans and their families to succeed at Salem State.

Currently, Veteran Affairs is hosting a writing workshop for veterans. A place for veterans to work together and write together. They can explore different kinds of writing and figure out if it is a path they wish to take. The location switches monthly between campus and the Local Salem VFW Post.

The SSU website explains how veterans can apply under the GI bill, and how those already enrolled can maintain their benefits each semester. The university also has the Salem State Student Veteran Organization. This is a chapter of the Student Veterans of America. The organization provides help through the transition into civilian life and schooling and assists student veterans in achieving their academic goals. The organization meets weekly in the Veterans Center during the school year.

You can go to https://www.salemstate.edu/academics/centers/center-academic-excellence/veterans-affairs to find out more information about SSU’s goals to help veterans achieve their academic objectives, and there is a list of upcoming events, resources, and educational benefit programs.  And to all of our Veterans, our many thanks.