AZUSA, Calif.— Azusa Pacific University was named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine for the 2012–13 school year. On October 11, 2012, Col. Anthony Henderson, special assistant to the chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff for Warrior and Family Support, visited campus and met with several administrators to formally recognize APU as one of the nation’s top 15 percent of military-friendly schools. APU was selected for this honor based on its successful efforts in providing military students with quality programs, discounts, scholarships, clubs, networking, and staff support.

“Military students and veterans are valuable assets to any academic institution because they bring a different perspective and unique leadership skills to the classroom,” said reservist United States Air Force Lt. Col. Vic Bezjian, DBA, executive director of military and veterans resources. “APU is committed to serving those who serve our country, and it is an honor to be recognized as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs.”

“APU offers a welcoming environment for veteran students with friendly faculty and staff who want us to succeed,” said former Army Staff Sgt. Matt Blain, a junior business administration major. “The veterans office helped me with my benefits and I found a great support system through the on-campus veterans group.”

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.

This is the fourth year that GI Jobs magazine has released its Military Friendly Schools list. More than 12,000 approved schools were considered for the title. Since 2001, Victory Media and its publications G.I. Jobs, The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse magazine and Vetrepreneur magazine, have set the standard for ranking America’s most “military-friendly” employers and schools that recruit military personnel and veterans as students.