MTSU is 1 of 6 campuses to receive funds through the 2016 Veterans Reconnect grant program 

August 24, 2016
"The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) announced the six campuses receiving nearly $1 million in funds through the 2016 Veteran Reconnect grant program. The grant is part of the State of Tennessee's larger efforts to support and encourage adult learners, many of whom are veterans, studying at Tennessee institutions."

"Through Veteran Reconnect, Middle Tennessee State University will enhance the services offered to veteran students and their families through the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Family Military Center. Specific initiatives include funding for a full-time transition manager to work with veteran students as they transition into the university, as well as travel for the position and the Center’s employer search agent. Additionally, the Center will hire a graduate assistant to focus on outreach to veterans on campus through communications and social media. Funds will also go to support students attending veteran-related conferences." 

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MTSU Celebrates Renamed Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans Center

August 23, 2016 
With the unveiling of a plaque and a new logo for MTSU’s Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center named for them, MTSU formally recognized the couple and The Journey Home Project he co-founded to assist veterans during a Tuesday, Aug. 23, celebration at the Miller Education Center on Bell Street. Charlie and Hazel both received honorary Blue Raider jerseys, of which were given to them by senior Blue Raider Athletics footballer and student veteran Steven Rhodes.

unveiling logoMTSU President Sidney A. McPhee, left, first lady Elizabeth McPhee, Hazel Daniels, Charlie Daniels and Keith M. Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives, display the new Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center logo unveiled in an Aug. 23 celebration. The event recognized the couple and The Journey Home Project for gifts totaling $120,000 for the center. Daniels autographed the patriotic fiddle McPhee is holding and presented it to the center as a gift from him and the foundation.

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Veterans Center hosts a successful newcomers briefing

August 17, 2016
New and returning MTSU student veterans and their families attended a “newcomers briefing” provided by the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center. The briefing was a veterans’ orientation for them and their families, enabling them to find campus resources. The agenda included:

  • Barbecue dinner.
  • Welcome, introduction of staff and center’s mission, led by Keith M. Huber, senior advisor for veterans and leadership and retired U.S. Army lieutenant general.
  • Veterans’ introductions.
  • Current center programs and fall semester events, led by Dr. Hilary Miller, center director.
  • MTSU and Veterans relationship, led by Dr. Derek Frisby, an MTSU alumnus and faculty member in the Global Studies and Cultural Geography program in the College of Liberal Arts.
  • Discovering campus resources (includes tours and information about G.I. Bill, VetSuccess on Campus, tutoring and more).
  • College challenge from Dr. Miller, emphasizing graduation and employment expectations.

Huber speaking at Newcomers Briefing

Keith M. Huber, left, MTSU senior advisor for veterans and leadership initiatives, welcomes all student veterans and their family members to campus and the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center during the newcomers orientation. Click here for more pictures from the newcomers briefing.

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10 student veterans recognized at MTSU Stole Ceremony

August 3, 1016
Four days before graduation, 10 MTSU student veterans received recognition from the university in the fifth Stole Ceremony held in Cantrell Hall of the Tom H. Jackson Building.

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MTSU welcomes almost 100 Civil Air Patrol cadets for training

June 6, 2016 
"Almost 100 cadets from the Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol are spending the week on the MTSU campus for the U.S. Air Force auxiliary’s weeklong annual training encampment. The cadets, ranging in age from 12 to 21, are living in campus residence halls, attending special presentations by the university on aerospace and leadership and learning military drill and customs during the encampment. It is the first time the Tennessee Wing has held its annual training for cadets on a university campus."


Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Keith Huber, MTSU’s senior advisor for veterans and leadership initiatives, speaks to Tennessee Wing Civil Air Patrol cadets June 6 during a session on leadership and service. Several training sessions are being conducted for cadets during the weeklong Tennessee Wing Encampment held on the MTSU campus. (MTSU photo by Andrew Oppmann)

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NPT’s first story for this round of Veterans Coming Home featuring United States Marine Corps veteran and recent MTSU graduate Sean Martin

June 3, 2016
"Using prose and poetry to bridge the civilian / military divide? United States Marine Corps veteran and recent MTSU graduate Sean Martin shares how fellow students at the MTSU Veterans and Military Family Center and Writer Corps helped him find community and a renewed sense of purpose. This video from NPT kicks off a new round of stories for the national public media series Veterans Coming Home. Look out for more stories striving to connect civilians and veterans, break down stereotypes and broaden our sense of what it means to serve at"

VA-MTSU alliance earns national acclaim for serving student vets

June 1, 2016
"A partnership between MTSU and the local VA facility in support of student veterans has earned national honors from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Tennessee Valley Healthcare System teamed up with MTSU to provide comprehensive VA benefits and health care services to student veterans. VA staffers have offices in the veterans center, which is located inside MTSU’s Keathley University Center in the heart of the campus, and veterans can stop in anytime to see trained staff about their mental health care, education and other VA health care services and benefits." For the full story, visit MTSU News. You can also visit the Daily News Journal for more information.

Name Change: now the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center

April 28, 2016
MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee held a private dinner with Charlie and Hazel Daniels at his residence April 26, 2016. That evening he announced the new naming of the Veterans and Military Family Center for Charlie and his wife.  

President McPhee and Charlie Daniels

Charlie Daniels and his wife, Hazel, along with the directors of The Journey Home Project, present a $70,000 check to MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee to support the Veterans and Military Family Center after a dinner April 26, 2016 at the President's Residence. The project has donated $120,000 to the center since it opened in November 2015.  (Photo: Andrew Oppmann)

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Useful links

  • The Helping Heroes Grant is a $1,000 per semester grant, awarded to students who successfully completes twelve (12) or more semester hours with no failing grade as the final grade for the course. The student shall receive $500 per semester for successfully completing six (6) to eleven (11) semester hours with no failing grade as a final grade for the course. The student shall not receive an award if enrolled in fewer than six (6) semester hours.
  • The National Resource Directory provides access to over 10,000 services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. The VA is proud to assure their users they can trust the content as resources are reviewed regularly by a content management team that includes several Veterans and subject matter experts.

    A few features of the new Web site include a faster, more robust search engine; a Bookmark & Share capability for use with social media tools; and an "In the News"; feature that provides links to news and updates about Wounded Warrior and Veterans issues. Also included on the site is an expanded Homeless Assistance section where users can find information on a variety of programs and benefits.