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The University of Tulsa offers many veteran services, including one-on-one help in navigating benefits and a dedicated Veterans Center.

TU President Gerard Clancy (right) presents a proclamation to Cal McKee (BS ’48).

Alumni gift creates new resources for student veterans

The University of Tulsa has received a major gift that pays tribute to U.S. service members while supporting the talents and abilities of student veterans. Thomas Russell (BS ’57) has established an endowment in honor of fellow TU alumnus, longtime mentor and brother-in-law Calvin C. “Cal” McKee. The contribution by Russell and his wife, Pam, creates three permanent TU staff positions — one each in veteran recruitment, student veteran affairs and veteran career placement.

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About the Yellow Ribbon program at TU

Admitted applicants whose percentage of payable benefits equal 100 percent and have served at least 36 months of active duty may be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program at TU. There is no limit of Yellow Ribbon recipients. Qualified veterans may receive 100 percent paid tuition.

Recipients may also be eligible for a housing allowance from Department of Veteran Affairs, which can be used on campus or off campus, and up to $1,000 a year for books and supplies.

Veterans who have served an aggregate period of 90 days, but less than 36 months of active duty, also may apply to receive a percentage of payable benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Yellow Ribbon program at TU is an extension of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

For more information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon program and other veteran benefits available at TU, contact Cindy Watts, TU Director of Veteran Affairs, at or 918-631-3985; or Derrick Weddle at, or 918-631-3109.

For general information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill, visit the Department of Veteran Affairs website at