The Citadel is reinforcing its commitment to veterans through its latest partnership. The college, along with other state organizations, has joined up with the South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs to become a partner of the South Carolina Veteran Coalition—a collaborative effort that aims to create a community of support for veterans and their families across the state. Powered by the Combined Arms platform, the coalition is a statewide database of organizations and companies that provides support and resources for former military personnel and their dependents. Combined Arms brings together veteran-focused nonprofits, agencies and communities across the nation that are committed to serving those who served.
“Our recent partnership with the South Carolina Veteran Coalition is another example of how we at The Citadel support our veteran students and, now, other veterans in the state,” said retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Glenn Walters, ’79, president of The Citadel. “The Citadel has been named the Best University in the South for Veterans for the last six years, and our newest agreement with the South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs will only enhance that fact.”
An important moment in solidifying the partnership occurred last summer when Secretary of South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Todd B. McCaffrey visited campus to sign the partnership agreement, symbolizing the shared commitment to enhancing the lives of veterans and their families.
“We are excited to be a part of this effort. It will help our Citadel community connect to the larger statewide community of veterans and their families,” said Sally Levitt, director of The Citadel’s Veteran Student Success Center. “The Citadel is proud to support our veteran students and continue to provide them with the tools and resources they need to succeed both on and off campus.”
The Veteran Student Success Center at The Citadel opened in 2014 and has been serving veteran students ever since. Over the years, the VSSC has increased awareness of VA educational benefits and supplements The Citadel’s services and programming for veterans, active-duty members and their families.