Catch up on some of the recent news affecting military students so far in the Spring semester!
Planning for this year’s Commencement celebration is in full swing, and will be held on Liberty’s campus May 8-9. Visit Liberty.edu/Commencement to see the schedule of events, learn how to RSVP as a graduate, and more.
This year’s Commencement speaker has been announced! Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will deliver the address at Liberty University’s Commencement on May 9. Learn more.
On Jan. 15, Dr. Steven Keith, director of the Liberty University Center for Chaplaincy, was announced as an Executive Counsel Member of the National Conference on Ministry to the Armed Forces (NCMAF). Learn more.
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s proposed student aid cuts are aimed at online students; measure will affect military, minority, and lower-income students. Learn more.
If you are graduating this semester, we want to hear your #LUMilGrad story! Stories will be featured throughout the semester on social media, newsletters, our website, and in various activities related to Commencement 2020.
Send the following information to MilCommunity@liberty.edu to participate:
Stories will be shared on Office of Military Affairs Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in the months leading up to Commencement. You can also share your story on Yammer using #LUMilGrad. Your story may be just the encouragement another military student needs to keep pressing toward the mark!
We are excited to offer several opportunities this semester for military students! Mark your calendar for these upcoming dates:
Military Family Fun Day | Apr. 11
Liberty University service members, veterans, and spouses are invited to attend our annual Military Family Fun Day at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre. Enjoy a day of tubing, skiing, or snowboarding on the slopes, as well as other activities for the whole family. RSVP is required by Monday, Apr. 6 to reserve your family’s spot for a day of fun. Proof of service is required for your family’s free entry to this event, which includes lunch, tubing, trampoline jump, and other family friendly activities. For families who opt to ski or snowboard, a $5 fee for equipment rental will apply.
Visit Liberty.edu/MilitaryEvents to RSVP and learn more.
Military Graduation | May 8-9
On Friday, May 8, Liberty University will hold two recognition ceremonies for military graduates. The Military Spouse Graduate Recognition Ceremony will be held Friday morning to recognize graduates who are military spouses, and the Military Graduate Recognition Ceremony will be held in the afternoon to recognize graduates who are service members and veterans. We look forward to celebrating these great accomplishments with our military graduates!
Visit Liberty.edu/MilitaryGraduate to RSVP to either of these ceremonies.
Check out some of the recent news and resources for veterans from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Forever GI Bill®*: Monthly Housing Allowance Guide
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently made several system updates related to the Forever GI Bill that went live on Dec. 1, 2019. As a result of those system updates, students may begin to receive a different rate for their Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA). Some students may be eligible to apply for a hardship request if their MHA rate has been reduced as a result of these changes and is causing a financial hardship. Liberty University is unable to confirm a student’s eligibility for a hardship request or verify exact MHA payment amount – all questions regarding MHA should be directed to the VA directly at (888) 442-4551. See the VA’s Forever GI Bill: Monthly Housing Allowance Guide for more information.
16-year-mark Cap Removed from GI-Bill Transferability Policy
It was previously announced that service members with 16 years or more of service would lose their eligibility to transfer their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to family members. Lawmakers recently voted against this controversial plan to limit the transferability of GI Bill benefits to dependents. Service members who are serving beyond 16 years and meet service-commitment eligibility criteria now retain the option to transfer benefits accordingly to current VA policy. Learn more.
Most popular VetResources of 2019
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently released their list of most popular resources in 2019, highlighted in the list below.
If you’d like to continue receiving helpful VA and non-VA resources for Veterans, their Families, Caregivers, and Survivors throughout the year, you can sign up at https://www.va.gov/VetResources/.
*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
The #LUMilitary spotlight features individuals within our Liberty military community who are serving and studying all around the world. Our current #LUMilitary Spotlight is…
“I never expected to be a mom. I thought my life would revolve more around my career and the causes I chose to devote myself to. Children came barreling into our life through an unexpected adoption opportunity. My life has undergone a drastic remodel. Gone are the days of social and political operative. Here to stay are commitments of love… the chaos and detritus of childhood days well-spent… and cacophonous celebrations of even the tiniest developmental gains. I study at night when the chores of the day are accomplished, and my little warriors are abed. I plumb the glorious mysteries and advances of mental health and emerge with insights that benefit my family and our challenging journey.”
Last year, Amy was surprised by the Sellier Family Foundation with a scholarship from the National Military Family Association to pay off the remainder of her school fees. She and her family were also recently featured by MilitaryFamily.org during Military Family Appreciation Month.
Do you have a story to share? Email us at MilCommunity@liberty.edu and you could be our next #LUMilitary Spotlight!
Keep these upcoming important dates and deadlines in mind as you are taking classes this semester and start looking ahead to future terms!
Mar. 2: TA/VA Form Deadline for Spring D Sub-Term
Mar. 4: Registration Deadline for Spring D Sub-Term
Mar. 9: FCI Deadline for Spring D Sub-Term
Mar. 13: Spring B Sub-Term End Date
Mar. 16: Spring D Sub-Term Start Date
Mar. 16: GoArmyEd Registration Opens for Summer A/B Sub-Terms
Apr. 3: Spring C Sub-Term End Date
Apr. 11: Military Family Fun Day
Apr. 27: TA/VA Form Deadline for Summer A/B Sub-Terms
Apr. 29: Registration Deadline for Summer A/B Sub-Terms
May 4: GoArmyEd Registration Opens for Summer D Sub-Term
May 8: Spring A/D Sub-Terms End Date
May 8-9: Commencement Weekend
May 11: Summer A/B Sub-Terms Start Date