Albany, New York (PRWEB) January 14, 2013
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Arizona has signed an education agreement with Excelsior College that will allow VFW members and their spouses/domestic partners to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees for reduced tuition and fees.
The new statewide partnership builds toward a national VFW objective aimed at drawing younger veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan seeking educational opportunity.
The state of Arizona VFW is very proud to have entered into this partnership with Excelsior College, said State Commander Michael Ferguson, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Department of Arizona. This is another example on how the VFW is looking to reach out to all veterans, especially our younger vets just getting out of the military. Were hoping they will take advantage of this opportunity to earn a degree and advance their skills. We believe our veterans and their spouses have earned it for their sacrifice.
Since our founding more than four decades ago, Excelsior has strived to serve the military and veterans communities both at home and abroad, said Excelsior College President John F. Ebersole. Arizona is home to more than a half-million veterans, with more coming home soon enough, as drawdowns continue and more of our brave servicemembers return from battle. This partnership will help to provide a pathway for these returning men and women to seek out a higher education.
Arizona is home to approximately 557,000 veterans with the number expected to grow as servicemembers return to Arizona from overseas missions over the coming years. The Department of Arizona VFW currently counts 25,560 members among its 77 posts.
Excelsior, a regionally accredited nonprofit distance learning college based in Albany, New York, has a long and successful history serving the veteran community that began with its founding in 1971. In addition to broad online programming, Excelsior is also home to Excelsior College