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The University of Arizona will host an event on May 6 aimed at making admission a seamless one-day process for veterans and their families.
Student members of UA Veterans Education and Transition Services, known as the UA V.E.T.S Center, and the Office of Admissions invite veterans and family members to the event, which will include action steps and information for veterans looking to transfer to or enroll at the UA.
The activity begins at 8 a.m. in the Student Union Memorial Center Grand Ballroom. Reservations are recommended, but interested veterans may stop by or call for information.
Friday's event will allow veterans who bring their transcripts to know by the end of the day whether they have been admitted to the UA. Attendees interested in applying for UA admittance should bring transcripts from any college or high school attended, military transcripts, DD form 214 and a driver's license or other official identification, said Ricardo "Rick" Pereyda, a member of the UA V.E.T.S team and an honors student veteran who is studying public policy and management.
The event includes a free continental breakfast and lunch as well as learning sessions on the GI Bill, financial aid, the UA Disability Resource Center, supportive education classes specifically designed for veterans, a college browse session to speak with advisors from UA schools and colleges, a campus tour and a tour of the UA V.E.T.S Center.
This is the first time a one-stop shop for veteran enrollment has been offered at the UA, and Pereyda urges those who are simply interested in learning more about a degree in higher education to attend.
"All the UA departments that are participating are excited about the event. It's an outstanding opportunity, but for those who can't make it, we invite them to stop by anytime for information," Pereyda added.
The UA V.E.T.S. Center and its campus partners have become a national model for student veteran services on a college campus. The initiative incorporates student life, direct service such as priority enrollment, academic courses and transition programs, disability resources, advocacy on a state and national level, and research to recruit and retain veterans through graduation.
"The support we have received from the administrators at the University of Arizona has been essential to the forming and continuation of the veterans initiative on campus. Furthermore, without their support and continued insight, we would not be in the position we find ourselves in. Everyone involved with this program have been extremely helpful and supportive in our endeavors as a club, office and community," said Pereyda.
The V.E.T.S. Center will be open during the summer and looks to provide another event in the fall and in the future.