The Center for America’s Veterans honors the legacy of the 1943 Mississippi State University alumnus and 15-term U.S. congressman who authored the Montgomery G.I. Bill. “Sonny” Montgomery’s leadership, statesmanship and public service enhanced the lives of generations of Americans, particularly veterans of military service. Influenced by Congressman Montgomery’s legacy of support for those who serve or have served, and by the university’s longstanding tradition of supporting our military, the Center for America’s Veterans strives to provide nothing less than comprehensive, professional services to all our student veterans, service members, dependents and survivors. The center was established in 2006 by MSU President Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong, who saw a need to provide more focused and comprehensive support to our student veteran population and other military connected students.

The Mission

The mission of the Center for America’s Veterans is to engage military-connected students through educational benefits, transitional support and activities that promote learning, well-being and success. Our goals are to ensure that every military-connected student at Mississippi State receives individualized support to assist with their own unique circumstances; to provide facilities and an environment where every military-connected student feels welcomed and engages in the services provided through outreach and reputation, while establishing the university as the preferred choice for veterans seeking higher education. We offer a host of programs to our students, including the Veteran Horsemanship Program, Veteran Fitness Program (VetFit), Veteran Golf Program, career counseling services, financial management classes and a variety of veteran awareness and appreciation events throughout the year.

What Would You Do with $5,000 and a Day of Service?

We pride ourselves on being able to financially assist many student veterans and family members every year through our general scholarship fund. Many of our student veterans are married, have children and are working part- or full-time jobs — all while balancing their school life. These scholarships help alleviate additional financial burdens. We provide a number of programs and services for our student population, as well as the larger veteran community. All of these programs and services are self-funded or provided through financial donations. This award money will also be used to support these additional programs and services.