After a meeting earlier this year between ACE President Molly Corbett Broad and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, discussions are ongoing about how the Council can further assist veterans seeking a college degree.
At the meeting in July 2012, Broad noted ACE’s historic connection to the military. ACE has provided a collaborative link between the U.S. Department of Defense and higher education since 1945 through its review of military training and experiences for the possible award of equivalent college credit.
This effort includes ACE’s current Severely Injured Military Veterans project. This program begins while a service member is recovering at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, where academic advisors work to help recovering veterans develop customized educational plans.
The secretary expressed his concern that too many veterans are not receiving the information they need to make the best education choices when they use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Broad agreed that veterans need the best possible information as they decide how to proceed on a higher education path and stressed that many colleges and universities, especially those using ACE’s Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions, are ramping up programs and services offered to military and veteran students.
Mabus added that one goal of the Navy’s 21st Century Sailor and Marine project, which is designed to maximize sailor and Marine personal readiness, is to provide a continuum of training to enlisted personnel.
Since that first meeting this summer, with Broad and Mabus agreeing there are more potential good connections to be made, there have been a number of follow-up meetings to discuss specific proposals.
Left-right: ACE President Molly Corbett Broad, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, and ACE Senior Vice President Gretchen M. Bataille.