Marshall University pledges increased support for student veterans; ‘5 Star Challenge’ commitment ceremony to be held today on Huntington campus

In honor of Veterans Day, Marshall University is pledging increased support for student veterans as part of West Virginia’s ‘5 Star Challenge’ initiative  which launched earlier this fall.

The challenge, which calls on institutions to adopt a set of exemplary standards for supporting student veterans, is a tribute to the military tradition of issuing “challenge coins” to service members who embody the values and standards of their military units.

The event at Marshall, which starts at 1 p.m. in the Memorial Student Center’s Shawkey Room, will begin with a brief keynote speech by Marshall alumnus Lt. Col. Timothy Vance, who is currently studying at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, followed by the presentation of the 5 Star Challenge coin by David Moske, president of the student veterans organization, Veterans 4 Veterans, to  Interim President Gary White, who by accepting the coin, accepts the 5 Star Challenge.

In accepting the challenge, Marshall has committed to 1) providing a signed commitment from White to adopt best practices and standards; 2) emphasizing a focus on increasing access and affordability to higher education for student veterans; 3) providing increased academic support including priority registration for classes; 4) enhancing social networks for veterans on campus; and 5) encouraging greater collaboration with community organizations working to meet the needs of military service members. A detailed outline of the challenge can be found at, the state’s free college and career-planning website.

The “5 Star Challenge” is an initiative of the Office of Veterans Education and Training Programs within the Division of Student Affairs at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and West Virginia Community and Technical College System. In addition to issuing the challenge to campuses, the Commission and WVCTCS are committed to providing more resources to help student veterans navigate the higher education system and find support on campus and in the community.

This Veterans Day event is free and open to the public.