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    Pacific Approved for Veterans “Yellow Ribbon” Program

    May 28, 2010

    University of the Pacific was notified this morning that it was accepted as a qualified institution under the United State Department of Veteran Affairs' "Yellow Ribbon Program." That program allows veterans to attend Pacific and get a significant portion of their expenses and tuition covered by the VA and Pacific.

    Qualified veterans may begin applying for benefits for the fall 2010 semester. Specific program details will be announced in the coming weeks.

    "We are thrilled that Pacific will be part of the Yellow Ribbon Program because that means the men and women of the United States Armed Forces now have more choices to consider when they look at continuing their education beyond the military," said Rob Alexander, associate provost for enrollment at Pacific. "These men and women have made significant sacrifices to serve our country, and we will do whatever possible to help them with their educational needs."

    Pacific was notified Friday morning by the Veterans Department that its application for the Yellow Ribbon Program was approved this week. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.  This program allows degree-granting institutions of higher learning in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.  The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. 

    This isn't the only veterans-related program started at Pacific in the past year. Last year, a student-organized veterans group was established at Pacific and has held several on-campus meetings including a Veterans Day observance in the fall. This year, every Sunday baseball game has been a "Salute the Troops" event where a local veteran was honored for his or her service and the athletes played in camouflage uniforms as a sign of respect to military personnel.

    The final "Salute the Troops" game will be held this Sunday and will include a 21-gun salute and a military helicopter landing at a nearby field. More information about that game can be found online at http://www.pacific.edu/x35535.xml.