UNCW is now the first university subchapter of the Braxton Bragg Chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) in North Carolina. AUSA, a nonprofit educational and professional development association, works to recognize, support and honor those who have served. The Braxton Bragg is the largest chapter of AUSA, housing more members than the other 120 sites worldwide. 

The UNCW subchapter of AUSA will work alongside the greater Wilmington community to provide access to support services like educational scholarships, networking events and professional development opportunities for active duty reservists, veterans, military spouses and their family members.

“This partnership will be a tremendous benefit to our military-affiliated students and service members in the area,” said Jess Boersma, subchapter president and associate dean in the College of Arts and Sciences. “We are always looking for ways to bridge the gaps between the community, the university and our military members. This subchapter will provide meaningful connections and unmatched resources to this integral population.”

As a subchapter of AUSA, UNCW will receive all of the benefits that an established and widely respected organization has to offer without having to divert resources toward recruitment efforts or generating income. Instead, the subchapter will be able to dedicate its focus entirely on its membership, ensuring it’s able to provide valuable services to individuals after they’re discharged from the military.

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Originally published April 19, 2018.