7:23am

Wed March 14, 2012
MTSU-VA Deal a First in Tennessee

VetSuccess Partnership Launched in Middle Tennessee

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  (WMOT)  --  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced a partnership Tuesday with Middle Tennessee State University.

Named VetSuccess, the deal is the first of its kind for the federal agency in Tennessee. The VA-MTSU partnership is meant to ease returning soldiers into campus life.

Heather Conrad will be the VA’s VetSuccess representative at MTSU. Conrad said she’ll provide career counseling, vocational planning and answer benefits questions. Disabled vets will be her special focus.

“We work with them to find out what their interests are, their aptitudes, their physical abilities and/or limitations," Conrad said.  "(We) look at the labor market, find a suitable vocational goal and then we pay for them to go to training.”

In announcing the partnership Tuesday afternoon, MTSU President Sidney McPhee noted that the university has the largest veterans’ enrollment in the state.