Daemen Awarded Top Rating as Military Friendly College in Western New York

National Veterans’ Education Listing Awards Daemen Top Rating Among Military Friendly Colleges in Western New York


January 13, 2012


Contact:    Patrick W. Welch, PhD

                Sgt USMC (Ret)  / VAVE

                Director-The Center for Veterans &    

                Veteran Family Services 

                Daemen College


                Mobile: 716.544.4318



               Daemen College

     Office of Admissions





            Daemen College, which recently established the Daemen Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services Office, is the only four year Western New York College listed in the latest issue of Military Advanced Education magazine’s 2011-2012 list of Top Military Friendly Colleges across the nation.


Daemen was also selected as a Military Friendly School by G. I. Jobs magazine in 2011.


Through its new Veterans’ Center, Daemen has created a comprehensive program designed to provide aid and assistance to veterans seeking a degree from Daemen College. The College has, also, signed an agreement connecting Daemen with the Erie County Veterans Service Agency, to provide assistance to veterans interested in applying educational benefits available to them through the G.I. Bill.


“Career and educational assistance is a vital part of transition for younger veterans,” noted Patrick W. Welch, Ph.D., Sgt. USMC (ret), Director of Daemen’s Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services Office. “Employment statistics show that Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans have an unemployment rate of approximately 11.5 percent, compared to a national 9.5 percent rate, which is already very high.


“Our goal is to fulfill our duty to these veterans and their families by opening more doors to higher education and training opportunities, and thereby helping to prepare more of our recent veterans for the jobs of the future. We will do this in part by welcoming veterans to Daemen College, and also by promoting changes to improve and expand benefits, such as increasing access to scholarship funds, simplifying tuition, and expanding benefits for on-the-job and apprenticeship training to veterans seeking a college education.”


For additional information on Veterans programs at Daemen College, visit


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