MSU Earns Recognition as MI Veteran Connector

March 14, 2022

For six consecutive years, Michigan State University (MSU) has earned Gold Status as a Veteran Friendly School – the highest ranking from the Michigan Veterans Affair Agency (MVAA). Now, MSU is being recognized as one of the first schools in the state to complete the requirements to become a MI Veteran Connector. 

The MI Veteran Connector is a statewide  initiative aimed to better serve veterans and their families, helping them to navigate and to connect to benefits and resources, regardless of where they live within the state of Michigan.

Patrick Forystek, director of the Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) at MSU completed the training needed for the MI Veteran Connector designation. “The needs of military-connected students and their families change over time, so we make continued education a priority for all our staff,” Forystek said. “This helps us stay connected to the best practices in our field and, ultimately, support our military-connected students and their families at a high level.”

As a MI Veteran Connector, MSU provides additional assistance, even beyond the assistance SVRC provides veterans and their families at the university. It also helps to connect student veterans and families to other resources in the state.

The designation shows MSU’s dedication to asking the right questions when it comes to identifying veterans, dependent, and actively serving members of the military that might otherwise go unaccounted, according to MVAA.

For example, MVAA shared, “Historically, the question ‘Are you a veteran?’ may result in people failing to self-identify. The MI Veteran Connector identifies MSU as one of those entities committed to trying to be more proactive in reaching – and connecting – more qualifying individuals to their benefits, whether education, VA Health, mental health or disability benefits, whatever may be the case for each individual.”

Find more information about the services MSU offers at veterans.msu.edu. Veterans and their families at MSU – whether student, staff or faculty – may reach out to SVRC by calling 517-884-5973 or via email at veterans@msu.edu. Follow SVRC on social media at facebook.com/msustudentvrc/ and instagram.com/msu_svrc/.

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