Photo: Secretary of South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs Maj. Gen. Todd B. McCaffrey, U.S. Army (Ret.), (left) signs a partnership agreement with The Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79 (right).
The Citadel is reinforcing its commitment to veterans through its latest partnership. The institution, 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 aimed at creating a community of support for veterans and their families across the state. The SC Veteran Coalition, powered by the Combined Arms platform, is a statewide database of organizations and companies that provide support or resources for former military personnel and their dependents. Combined Arms brings together veteran-focused nonprofits, agencies and communities across the nation who 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 The Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret.), ’79. “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 this partnership occurred earlier this summer when Secretary of South Carolina Department of Veterans Affairs Maj. Gen. Todd B. McCaffrey, U.S. Army (Ret.), visited campus for a signing of 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. 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,” said Sally Levitt, director of The Citadel’s Veteran Student Success Center.
The Veteran Student Success Center, or VSSC, 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.
The Citadel’s ongoing commitment to veterans has been widely recognized, with U.S. News & World Report consistently ranking The Citadel #1 Best University for Veterans in the South for six consecutive years.