UT/A&M teaming up to help student veterans, families

2-day symposium focusing on helping vets, families succeed in higher education

SAN ANTONIO – When it comes to military men and women and their families, education can be tricky, especially if they move around a lot. This week, experts from two major Texas university systems come together to share their best practices.

The University of Texas System and Texas A&M University System hope the two-day symposium will help support student veterans and their families.

The summit is being held at the Texas A&M University San Antonio.

"It’s uncertainty, going to the point when does he deploy? How long is he going to be gone? Is he going to make it back?" said Tiffany Austin, whose husband has been in the military for 15 years.
Austin said Combining Forces All-Texas Veteran Education Support Symposium is important for military men and women and their families.

"We really need to make sure that schools recognize that we are moving as well as the service member. We may not be going to war, but we are handling households and education," Austin said.

She has been to four universities in the last 15 years and has a legitimate fear that she’s attending these classes, putting in the hard work and at the end of the day, it could all be for nothing.

"Every college has different requirements and different standards that you have to mean every time we move in with that I have to change my direction where my career," Austin said.

The Texas A&M San Antonio president said she is confident combining forces to perfect the system for our veterans and military families will help the system for now and in the future.

"To see these benefits going on for generations, and the goal is to help the students be successful help them navigate through university life in the way that is best suited for them given their background and serving our country and graduate," said Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson.

Austin is optimistic for her husband's future in education. The public is welcome to attend the symposium, if space is available.

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