UM VETS Office Earns Award for Student Service

June 02, 2017

MISSOULA – The Veterans Education and Transition Services Office at the University of Montana recently received the 2017 Montana Joining Community Forces – Organization Award in recognition of its service to student veterans at UM.

The award is presented annually to a Montana nonprofit or service organization that has raised the standard for delivery of services and programs that benefit the Montana military community. It recognizes an innovative, collaborative, service-driven and compliant organization that serves as a model for others to emulate.

The UM VETS Office earned the accolade for its efforts over the past several years to reshape itself into an organization of positive action and productivity that is steadfastly committed to helping UM student veterans through academic empowerment, educational services and connections to the necessary resources required to excel.

“The University of Montana has made great efforts over the past several years to impact the lives of veterans and their family members on campus,” said Shawn Grove, VETS Office director. “This award is a recognition for the entire UM community, as our work in the VETS Office would not be possible without the concerted efforts and dedication of the campus as a whole.”

A statewide network based on the national model, Montana Joining Community Forces works to maximize support-delivery efficiency and enhance communication to assist in the successful reintegration of service members, veterans and their families. More information is online at

For more information call Grove at 406-243-2744 or email More information on the UM VETS Office is online at


Contact: Shawn Grove, UM VETS Office director, 406-243-2744,