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MSU Military Resource Center serves active-duty, veterans & families

Submitted Photo Minot State University President Steven Shirley, at center right, speaks during Patriot Day held on the MSU campus this past September. Andy Heitkamp, director of the MSU Military Resource Center, is at far right.

The Military Resource Center at Minot State University is the go-to place for active-duty military members, transitioning active-duty military members, veterans, dependents and spouses to guide them into the university education system.

MSU Military Resource Center is a new name for the center, formerly the MSU Veterans Center.

According to Andy Heitkamp, director of the center, the new name better fits the center’s mission.

The new Military Resource Center name eliminates any confusion that the MSU center is affiliated with the Veterans Administration.

“We’re not the VA or VA employees. We don’t deal with just veterans,” explained Heitkamp.

Submitted Photo Minot State University and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 4 representatives take part in flag-folding presentations during the annual Minot Marketplace for Kids in January.

The Military Resource Center is located in the lower level of Dakota Hall on the MSU campus.

A vets club organized a number of years go at Minot State University was the forerunner of the MSU Veterans Center, now Military Resource Center.

The original Vets Club no longer exists but there is a Student Veterans Organization. The Student Veterans Organization currently is not active but its reorganization is under way, Heitkamp said.

Heitkamp became director of the center in 2014.

The MSU Military Resource Center offers many services for active-duty military members, veterans and their families. Among those services include the center partnering with Minot Air Force Base. Active-duty military members can take classes through Minot State that apply to their Community College of the Air Force degree.

Submitted Photo Brigitte Mikula, coordinator of the Minot Air Force Base Education Center, visits with airmen at an education fair held in the base’s Jimmy Doolittle Center this past fall. The Minot State University Military Resource Center partners with Minot AFB.

The Military Resource Center staff also work with various groups and organizations in the local community.

Following are links for more information:

– Military Resource Center

https://www.minotstateu.edu/veterans/

– General Education Mobile (GEM)

https://www.minotstateu.edu/online/pages/gem.shtml

– AU-ABC (Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative)

https://www.minotstateu.edu/online/pages/au-abc.shtml

– Minot AFB Education Center

https://www.minotstateu.edu/cel/mafb.shtml

– Department of Defense

Federal Tuition Assistance information

https://www.dodmou.com/TADECIDE

– VA GI Bill comparison tool

https://www.va.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool/

How to reach MSU Military Resource Center

Due to COVID-19, the Minot State University Military Resource Center is being manned remotely. People can call the center at 858-4002 and leave a message. The call will be returned as soon as possible.

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