Veteran services

Director of UNLV’s Military and Veteran Services Center Named National Advisor of the Year

A retired U.S. Army veteran and longtime director of UNLV’s Military and Veteran Services Center, Ross Bryant has been named the Student Veterans of America (SVA) national “Chapter Counselor of the Year.” .

Bryant accepted the honor Jan. 6 at the 2017 SVA National Conference in Anaheim, Calif. “I was shocked, humbled and honored. I appreciate our SVA Chapter for my nomination, and I can’t stress enough that this has always been a TEAM effort,” said Bryant. The SVA has chapters on 1,400 campuses in all 50 states and four countries.

UNLV has more than 1,700 active duty, reserve, or veteran military students on campus. Most received tuition stipends from the Post 9/11 GI Bill. From tuition assistance and on-campus training to on-site Veterans Administration support and specialized recruiting, UNLV is increasing its services for veteran students and active duty personnel.

Bryant said UNLV is strongly committed to supporting veterans returning from what is now more than 16 years of war. “Over the past five years in particular, the Military and Veteran Services Center has had great support, community collaborations and greatly improved services,” Bryant said.

But it was and continues to be a team effort, Bryant said. He added that UNLV leaders have worked hard to ensure it has strong staff to help student veterans get their veterans payments and benefits on time.

“Nothing at UNLV happens without our team processing cases, certifying every veteran, and meticulously recording payments. This award is a reflection of each and every one of them,” Bryant said.

The Military & Veteran Services Center enjoys a strong partnership with a number of veteran programs, including the VA’s VetSuccess program, the Nevada Department of Veterans Services, the National PAVE program, and other various programs. / not-for-profit organizations supporting veterans.

“All of these relationships have enhanced our services and had a positive impact on our student veteran population. I thank all of you who are involved in these programs and organizations,” he said.

UNLV is recognized by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs as a VetSuccess campus and designated as a military school by GI Jobs magazine. The university was also recently ranked among the best universities for veterans by Military Times magazine. UNLV ranked 36th out of more than 125 4-year universities listed in the publication’s “Best for Vets: Colleges” edition.

To learn more about the UNLV Military and Veterans Services Center, visit www.unlv.edu/veterans.