Office of Military Services
Mason University is the home to approximately 1,300 students who are
part of the military community, whether it is as active duty service
members, veterans, or even family members and dependents. In the last
year, Mason has seen a nearly 30% increase in its military student
population, primarily due to the introduction of the Post 9-11 GI Bill,
which helps military members complete their education.
To assist with the increasing growth and to meet the needs of this unique group of students, Mason created the Office of Military Services.
as a one-stop shop, the office works to help veterans with all aspects
of the sometimes challenging transition to student life--from
registering for classes to securing funding through government programs
to the mental aspects of the change and residual combat stress.
“The change from the structure of the military to the sometimes
chaotic lifestyle of a student can be a challenge for some service
members,” said Mike Johnson, director of the Office of Military
Services. “While these new students no longer have a platoon
commander to answer their questions, they can turn to our office to
help them navigate their way through Mason.”
In 2009, Mason was one of 20 schools nationwide to receive the
ACE/Wal-Mart Success for Veterans Award Grant, a two-year grant that
contributes funding to the growing program.
Alumni Profile: Bruce Lindsey '05
From January to April of this year, Captain Bruce H. Lindsey,
PhD Public Policy ‘05, commanding officer of the USS Carl Vinson,
led a crew of 3,500 sailors as part of Operation Unified Response, an
effort that provided supplies and medical care to the victims of the
devastating earthquake in Haiti.
According to Lindsey’s “Capitan’s Corner” notes
as part of the USS Carl Vinson’s Facebook page, the ship
delivered nearly 150,000 gallons of water, over one million pounds of
food, and moved almost three million pounds of cargo ashore. In
addition, they conducted over 1,150 medical evacuations, and provided
36,000 pounds of medical supplies to makeshift hospitals throughout the
country, while performing life-saving treatment for 60 Haitians onboard
performance of Carl Vinson sailors was simply stellar,” said
Lindsey. “I know firsthand what a difference [they] made in Haiti
– they saved lives and mitigated the suffering of thousands of
earthquake victims.”The USS Carl Vinson also participated in
Operation Southern Seas 2010, conducting training and air exercises
with Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Ecuador.
The aircraft carrier docked in its new homeport of San Diego, California, on April 12, 2010.
Visit the USS Carl Vinson Facebook page to learn more about the Haitian relief efforts, including video clips and photos.