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MSU receives award for positive impact on Montana Veterans

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Montana State University is the first recipient of a new award that honors organizations for their impact on veterans. It's called the “Impact Montana Organizational Award” and it was given to the University at the Montana Military Community Appreciation Gala on Feb. 20, 2015 in Helena.

MSU President Waded Cruzado along with Veterans Services Director Brenda York are both given credit for the award for their efforts.

"We try to make sure they have services they need at MSU. They're coming here out of the service and want to be able to get education so we try to help with every kind of support system we can provide for them," said York.

Some of those services include the veterans center that opened in 2011, one-on-one tutoring, and a veterans counselor on hand.

Veteran Phillip Churchill is now a student, but from 2008-2013 he served as an Infantryman in the 82nd Airborne with two deployments to Afghanistan. Churchill says he is thankful for how smooth MSU makes the process of going from soldier to student.

"When you do start here, all you have to do is turn in a schedule and necessary paperwork from when you got out of the service. They take care of the rest for you. It's one less thing a lot of veterans have to worry about because it is a big transition coming from the military to just being a student," said Churchill.

York says since 2009 they have seen a 78 percent increase in veterans at MSU.

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