New partnership strengthens TROY for Troops Center support to military students

The partnership with Claymore Operations is the first such with any university in the country.

The partnership with Claymore Operations is the first such with any university in the country.

The first agreement in the country aimed at helping military students transition into civilian life has been inked by Troy University’s TROY for Troops Center and Claymore Operations.

Claymore Operations links active-duty military members and veterans with a unique mentorship network to assist with lifelong skill building.

“This was first proposed by Dr. Leora Waldner and together we have worked alongside Claymore to form a partnership between their mentors and our students,” said Scot Brumbeloe, Director of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Some 27 percent of TROY’s total student population is affiliated with the American military, Waldner said.

“This partnership with Claymore Operations will ensure that our military-affiliated students have access to high quality mentoring and will give our veterans a service opportunity,” she said.

The partnership sprang out of a student project in the Waldner’s capstone class. 

Relationship building is the foundation of Claymore Operations. The non-profit provides the active-duty miliary individual with one civilian mentor and one veteran mentor. By participating in short, weekly conference calls, mentors assist their mentee in translating their skills from military language into that which is more commonly used in the civilian workforce. The veteran and civilian mentor together form a strong bond with a mentee, bridging the gaps between both worlds. 

The TROY for Troops Center exists to provide military-affiliated students with support, tutoring, advising and Veterans Affairs issues, whether the student is in-person or online.

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