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ASU Signs “Got Your 6” Pledge

June 24, 2013

Angelo State University has signed a pledge to join “Got Your 6,” a movement that strives to help the public perceive veterans and military families as civic assets and leaders who will reinvigorate the community.

ASU is participating in the education pillar of the campaign, which is led by the Pat Tillman Foundation, Student Veterans of America and Operation College Promise. The group is working to collect pledges from 500 colleges and universities by June of 2014.  In addition to the education pillar, the campaign includes pillars for jobs, health, housing, family and leadership.

The overall campaign for the “Got Your 6” movement combines the reach and resources of top American entertainment studios, networks, guilds and agencies with the expertise and commitment of more than two dozen nonprofit organizations.  The coalition works to help veterans successfully transition into civilian life.

“This pledge reinforces ASU’s commitment through the VETS Center to support the efforts of veteran students and their families to complete their education and start a civilian career,” said Russ Baker, veterans outreach coordinator at ASU’s Veterans Educational and Transitional Services (VETS) Center.

In the military, the expression “got your six” means “I’ve got your back, and in turn, you have mine.” The reciprocating message coincides with the goals of the “Got Your 6” campaign to spread respect and understanding of veterans and military families to all Americans.

This spring, nearly 400 ASU students received veterans benefits, either as veterans themselves or as spouses or children of veterans, and that number is expected to increase this fall. The university has also been named one of the nation’s “Military Friendly Schools” by G.I. Jobs magazine for four consecutive years.