GSSWSR’s Jim Martin Takes Part in Signing of Compact for Maryland’s Student Veterans He Helped Author

Posted February 10th, 2011 at 3:49 pm.

Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research Professor Jim Martin recently joined Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown and the presidents of the state’s community colleges at the Maryland capitol building for the signing of a “Campus Compact” to support the educational and behavioral health needs of returning veterans enrolled in the state’s community colleges.

In his welcoming remarks Lt. Gov. Brown expressed the hope that this compact will set a national example for our nation’s community colleges.

Martin helped author the compact and has been a member of Maryland’s Veterans Behavioral Health Advisory Board since 2009.

Professor Jim Martin (center-right) at signing

Professor Jim Martin (center-right) at signing

The compact calls on each participating school to establish a “one door” system for student veterans through the establishment of a veterans office or the designation of a staff person responsible the coordination of all veteran services.

Another major hallmark of the compact is its focus on providing on-campus behavioral health support for veterans.

“The most important challenge comes next. College presidents will need to work with their faculty, administrators, and veteran students in the development of realistic and measurable goals for their institution—goals that are focused on promoting academic success for our returning veterans,” noted Martin in his public statement at the signing ceremony.

In 2010 there were over 470,000 Veterans residing in Maryland, accounting for more than eight percent of the state’s total population. Included in this estimate are more than 22,000 recent veterans who have returned from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

A retired Army colonel, Martin is a recognized national leader in the area of military-family services and support, and he has served as a subject-matter expert for numerous Department of Defense and other related federal research and program-development initiatives.

His 26-year-career in the Army Medical Department included clinical and research as well as senior management (command) and policy assignments. Martin was the senior social-work officer in the Persian Gulf theater of operations during the first Gulf War and edited The Gulf War and Mental Health: A Comprehensive Guide.

The GSSWSR is one of the nation’s oldest academic social-work programs. The school provides a learning environment that is supportive and intellectually rigorous, encouraging critical thinking and the expression of social-work values through classes, field-based training, research, and active civic engagement in collaboration with the College as a whole.

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