Azusa Pacific University’s Office of Military and Veteran Resources will host the first annual Military and Veteran Resource Fair on Sat., April 6, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m., on the West Campus lawn, at 701 E. Foothill Blvd., in Azusa. The event, which is a collaboration between APU, the Employment Development Department of California (EDD), the San Gabriel Valley Veterans Employment Committee, and the Vet Hunters Project, is open to all local service members and their families.

The fair features more than 80 organizations providing a variety of resources, including job and college preparation and information on healthcare services. Participants include the Citrus College Veterans Center, The Art Institute of California, CBD College, Goodwill Veteran Employment Program, Community Health Alliance of Pasadena, Chase Bank, and Military Child Education Coalition.

Azusa Pacific University was named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine for the 2012–2013 school year in recognition of its successful efforts providing military students with quality programs, discounts, scholarships, clubs, networking, and staff support. Azusa Pacific University Veterans Affairs is committed to servicing military members and their families by assisting with educational benefits. APU is a GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program participant enabling the university to offer student veterans scholarship funds to help cover the unmet portion of tuition costs.

To expand APU’s military community, in 2011 the university established the Office of Military and Veterans Outreach with its primary goal of recruiting and enrolling new students. Over the last year, the number of veteran students at APU has increased by 38 percent. More recently, APU created the Office of Military and Veterans Resources to ensure veterans successfully transition to life as a college student.