Cameron University increases commitment to Yellow Ribbon Program to assist veterans

Cameron University has increased its commitment to the Yellow Ribbon Program, a program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, for 2012-2013. For the first time since Cameron became a program participant, the university will assist an unlimited number of qualified veterans. In addition, there will be no cap on the amount of benefits per qualified veteran.

“Cameron University is proud to provide unlimited Yellow Ribbon benefits to an unlimited number of eligible veterans,” says Jamie Glover, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management. “Veterans of the U.S. armed forces have sacrificed much to serve our country. Therefore, it is appropriate for Cameron to assist them in their academic endeavors.”

The Yellow Ribbon Program provides additional assistance to veterans who are eligible to receive 100 percent benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100% rate.

To qualify to receive Yellow Ribbon benefits, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Veterans who served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
  • Veterans who were honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and  served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001; or
  • Dependents who are eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

Cameron University requires that students be enrolled as of the last date to enroll or add a class for the semester in which they are requesting Yellow Ribbon benefits. Students must also:

  • Present a Certificate of Eligibility before applying for the program
  • Be eligible for 100 percent funding under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
  • Have tuition and fee costs that exceed the maximum payable rate under the Post 9/11 GI Bill for the state of Oklahoma.
  • Supply a copy of their DD214, if applicable, so Cameron can establish veteran status.

Cameron has been a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program since its inception in 2009. Over the past three years, eligible veterans and dependents at Cameron University have received approximately $100,000 in benefits from Cameron and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

To learn more or to apply for Yellow Ribbon benefits, contact the Cameron University Office of Veterans Affairs at (580) 581-2301.

 

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August 23, 2012

PR# 12-125