UW Bothell announces Veterans Life Initiative, long-term commitment to military vets on campus

News Release
February 10, 2017
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UW Bothell announces Veterans Life Initiative, long-term commitment to military vets on campus

Alfie Alvarado Ramos and Wolf Yeigh

Photo: University of Washington Bothell Chancellor Wolf Yeigh and Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Director Lourdes E. “Alfie” Alvarado-Ramos renew memorandum of understanding for the Partners for Veterans Supportive Campuses. (Photo by Marc Studer)

BOTHELL, Washington -- University of Washington Bothell Chancellor Wolf Yeigh has announced the Veterans Life Initiative, a long-term commitment to help military veterans succeed as students.

The initiative expands on existing services and was announced Thursday as Yeigh signed a memorandum of understanding with Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Director Lourdes E. “Alfie” Alvarado-Ramos. The memorandum continues UW Bothell’s six-year membership with Partners for Veteran Supportive Campuses, a statewide coalition of colleges.

About 250 UW Bothell students are eligible for veteran benefits.

As a Navy veteran who returned to school after four years of active duty and remained in the reserves through school, Yeigh understands the need to remove barriers, make veterans feel welcome and support their educational experience. An initiative task force of student veterans, faculty, staff and alumni will recommend programming and processes to be incorporated into UW Bothell’s Diversity Action Plan.

“This will be our battle plan to increase support for veterans on campus and their families,” Yeigh said.

One example, already in progress, would provide grants for veterans to intern in cybersecurity positions through the UW Bothell-based Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity.

L-R, May Azcarraga, Alfie Alvarado-Ramos, Wolf Yeigh

Photo: L-R UW Bothell Student Veterans Association Vice President May Azcarraga, Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs Director Lourdes E. “Alfie” Alvarado-Ramos, UW Bothell Chancellor and Navy veteran Wolf Yeigh. (Photo by Marc Studer)

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