Jones International University Joins Forces with Sentinels of Freedom

Severely wounded vets offered chance to realize educational goals online

DENVER (August 15, 2007) The Sentinels of Freedom Foundation, a grass roots organization that helps severely wounded veterans readjust to civilian life and prosper in their communities, has named Jones International University® (JIU®), its preferred provider of online education. As the first fully online university in the U.S. to be granted regional accreditation*, JIU offers a wide range of certificate, undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degree programs and will be instrumental in assisting Sentinels in achieving not only their educational goals, but also their life goals.

For every American soldier who dies in Iraq, there are many more who survive thanks to cutting edge medical care. But that means scores of severely wounded vets are coming home and facing the challenge of rebuilding their shattered lives. The Sentinels of Freedom Foundation offers qualified veterans four-year "life scholarships," with the goal of making the vet completely self-sufficient. The program is based on five pillars of support: Housing, Transportation, Education, Career, and Mentorship. A community-based team, comprised of businesses and individuals, helps secure each portion of the support system for each participant.

"Many of our Sentinels are amputees with serious mobility problems," national coordinator for The Sentinels of Freedom Mike Conklin said. "Getting transportation to a traditional campus and finding their way to class can be a challenge. Jones International University provides the perfect opportunity for them to receive a quality education from the convenience of their own home."

For many wounded veterans, the convenience of online courses offers the best opportunity to further their education. The agreement with JIU will enable Sentinels to leverage their past military experience into a chosen degree program. A long-time supporter of service members and their families, JIU offers Sentinels quality academic degree programs in the fields of education, business administration, and business communication-all delivered in a flexible, 100% online format for ultimate convenience.

"The Sentinels of Freedom program is one of the most important ways we can share in giving back to these American heroes," JIU Founder and Chancellor Glenn R. Jones said. "It's an honor and privilege to enable them to pursue their education at JIU so they may realize all their personal and professional goals."

JIU, a Service Member Opportunity College, already offers a broad spectrum of military-specific services that can benefit Sentinels, including:

  • Assignment of a military-experienced admissions counselor and certified career counselor to complement the Sentinel's career transition efforts.
  • Relevant, project-based JIU degree programs that provide real-world experience for their new career.
  • Tuition scholarships and extensive career services to make education attainable and to move students' careers forward.
  • Creation of an individualized professional portfolio to best position each Sentinel's full professional and education experience in the marketplace.

The Sentinels of Freedom Foundation has placed 10 wounded vets in three states, and expects to assist an additional 40 by the end of the year. Two Sentinels will be welcomed to Denver in a special ceremony on Oct. 2.

For more information about Jones International University, please visit http://www.jiu.edu/

For information on The Sentinels of Freedom, please visit http://www.sentinelsoffreedom.org/