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.