Hodges University signs “Got Your 6” pledge to support student Veterans
Hodges University has signed a pledge to join the Education Pillar of Got Your 6 and support student veterans by implementing and enhancing resources, programs and policies to support this population. Got Your 6 is a campaign that unites the entertainment industry with top veteran-focused nonprofit organizations. The goal of the campaign is to bridge the civilian-military divide by creating a new conversation in America, so that veterans and military families are perceived as leaders and civic assets.
Hodges University is joining dozens of colleges and universities nationwide committed to heighten their support for current and future students who are also military veterans. In the military, “Got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” The saying originated with World War I fighter pilots referencing a plane’s rear as the six o’clock position. It is now a ubiquitous term in the military that highlights the loyalty and cooperation found in military culture.
Leading the Got Your 6 Education Pillar: Transitioning through Education efforts are the Pat Tillman Foundation, Student Veterans of America and Operation College Promise who are working collaboratively to collect pledges from 500 colleges and universities by June 2014. “This is just another effort in our ongoing commitment to veterans returning from service and looking to Hodges University for their educational goals,” said Lee Smith, Director of the Veterans Services Center at Hodges. “In just the past few years we have established a Veterans Services Center, special scholarships for veterans, and we are one of only three universities in the country with an American Legion post on campus. Today, nearly 10 percent of our student body is comprised of veterans. We are honored they have chosen Hodges University and we are proud to provide them with the best educational opportunities possible.”
“Working together, the Pat Tillman Foundation, Student Veterans of America and Operation College Promise have selected a leading group of institutions that will make the commitment to the Got Your 6 Education Pillar, including Hodges University,” said Chris Marvin, Managing Director of Got Your 6. “It is our mission to ensure many more colleges and universities will join us in pledging to support our veterans which will have a lasting and positive effect not only on campuses, but in communities all across the country.”