Texas A&M University has long honored and celebrated the contributions of the United States military, preparing thousands of exceptionally trained men and women to honorably serve our nation. It’s fitting then, that Texas A&M is the first university to partner with Gratitude Initiative to ensure that the children of service men and women are equally well prepared for academic success and for life.
Gratitude Initiative and Texas A&M University Veteran Resource & Support Center have entered into an agreement that will leverage each organization’s resources in order to provide a clear pathway to higher education for the children of active duty military and veterans.
The Gratitude Initiative (GI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that works with kids and parents of America’s military and veteran families at no cost to them, providing programs and tools that are proven to put young people on the path to educational and career success. GI programs include college and career counseling, test preparation for college admissions, tutoring and homework help for middle school and high school math, science, writing and other subjects.
Texas A&M Veteran Resource & Support Center honors the Aggie military legacy by identifying, developing and providing uniquely tailored programs to students who are veterans, active duty, reserve or National Guard, or military dependents, survivors and families.
“The resources that GI is bringing to this relationship are invaluable to families whose selfless service to our country so often takes them away from their duties at home,” explains Center Director Colonel Gerald L. Smith, USMC, (Ret.). “GI’s programs provide a hand up to military kids so they have the best opportunity to achieve success academically and in life. That’s serving well those who have served.”
Working together, GI and Texas A&M Veteran Resource & Support Center will provide a pathway to Texas A&M for military kids. Starting with academic support programs as early as the 8th grade, then bringing high school students to Texas A&M summer camps, and continuing with college level programming and services as youth transition to life as successful adults.
Lee Sechrist, GI founder and executive director, is a veteran and a former student of Texas A&M.
“One percent of our population serves to protect the liberties of our entire nation. As citizens, we have a duty to come alongside our military and veteran families to serve well those who have sacrificed so much,” Sechrist explains. “GI enables every American to give back supporting essential educational support services designed to meet the unique needs of military and veteran families, leaving a legacy of education that changes not just one life but generations.”
This new program will also be enhanced by the creation of a new student organization at Texas A&M. The Aggie GI Student Chapter is under development and will be the first of its kind anywhere in the country.
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