Central Washington University is the first university in the United States to use a special web and mobile application to help military veterans connect to colleges to earn degrees.
Key components of the Veterans App (VAPP), developed by Edmonds-based Operation Military Family, are a lockbox for online storage of military service records and the ability of users to browse veterans’ service providers by major categories. The VAPP platform also provides a checklist of required steps needed to transition out of the military.
"VAPP will reduce the frustration of navigating complicated state and federal rules and services," said John Swiney, associate vice president for Enrollment Management. "This puts crucial information at veterans' fingertips, and reduces time and travel costs for finding services, benefits, compensation, and training. It also gives service members real-time access to information and services in a designated area.”
CWU is also specifically highlighted on the first-of-its-kind VAPP Checklist pilot program, a web-only application, limited to active service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) as they transition out of the Army. As a select sponsor of VAPP, CWU anticipates veteran recruitment and enrollment, both at Ellensburg and at CWU’s campuses statewide, will grow.
The Veterans App is available at www.vapp.com. The link can also be found on CWU’s web site under Services, and on Admission’s and Veteran’s web pages under Related Links.
Swiney said CWU sought out VAPP to accommodate the dramatic increase in new veterans at Central—175 percent in just three years. He said the new app allows service members to personally connect to VA representatives.
"Veterans eventually won't have to type in the same information over and over, and that saves everyone time and reduces the likelihood of data-entry errors," explained Swiney. "We want to do everything we can to make application to CWU as simple and stress-free as possible.
“More than 20,000 veterans from JBLM will be going through the Active Duty Transition Process in the next two years. And those who investigate education through the VAPP checklist process will always see CWU's Preferred Sponsorship Logo linking to our VAPP Web page," said Swiney, adding that VAPP is formatted for both Web and mobile devices.
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