National Veterans Education Listing Awards Daemen Top Rating
Daemen College Selected as the Only Top-Rated Military Friendly College in Western New York by Military Advanced Education Magazine
January 12, 2011
Contact: Patrick W. Welch, PhD
Sgt USMC (Ret) / VAVE
Director-The Center for Veterans &
Veteran Family Services
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 2010-2011 list of Top Military Friendly Colleges across the nation.
From Military Advanced Education Magazine: “Thanks to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, educational benefits for service members are particularly generous, making higher learning not just possible but readily accessible and manageable, especially in regard to the flexibility of online courses. But selecting a college or university can be a complicated and time consuming process.
“The schools listed in this guide tell us in 75 words or less why they are appealing to the prospective military student. The schools are, in our view, the top choices for veterans, offering a wide range of programs, exemplary service and facilities, and a focus on the educational needs of veterans.”
G.I. Jobs magazine has also selected Daemen as a Military Friendly School for 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 20 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