Operation College Promise (OCP) Announces New Initiative. Connecting Veterans with Peers and Local Resources
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, January 20, 2014, 10:58 AM EST
Partnership with California-based POS REP to Provide Mobile Application
– In a new partnership with the California-based POS REP (derived from a military term denoting “Position Report”), Operation College Promise (OCP) will be able to offer a new, innovative mobile application for student veterans. The mobile application, available through POS REP, is designed to assist military veterans throughout their transition to civilian life using mobile, proximity-based networks to instantly connect veterans to peers and resources in their community.
POS REP was founded following the suicide of Sgt. Clay Hunt, a Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan alongside POS REP’s Co-founder Jake Wood. Clay returned to civilian life with mental and emotional wounds of war and served as a leading national advocate for veterans.
“POS REP’s partnership with Operation College Promise (OCP) represents our first collaboration with a multi-institution, higher educational organization supporting veterans’ integration to colleges and universities. We’re hopeful that other institutions will see this as a model for how mobile, proximity technology can help them engage this generation of students,” said Anthony Allman, POS REP’s CEO and Co-Founder.
Through the development of this collaboration between POS-REP and OCP, veterans in the state of New Jersey and across the nation will gain access to this application connecting them with resources and fellow veterans. POS REP is currently accessible for iOS devices with an Android App in development. More info on the App can be found here: http://pos-rep.com/
“As our enrollment of student veterans continues to grow each year, we are even more aware of the need to support them in accessing needed programs and services both on and off campus,” noted Dr. Herman Saatkamp, President of the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. “We cannot be too diligent in finding creative means to simplify their navigation of the myriad of options available. Each student is unique in what they may be looking for and I’m pleased that this technology will be available to streamline both the path to services and connectivity with fellow veterans.”
POS REP addresses the needs of Veterans Service Organizations by offering a mobile capability to promote the discovery of resources and programs to this generation of veterans. It will further bridge the gap between the Department of Defense and the “Sea of Goodwill” providing direct services to veterans in local communities throughout the United States.
“OCP was founded on the principal of removing obstacles to veterans and providing a link to support services and networks,” added Wendy A. Lang, Director of OCP. “This partnership will permit veterans at our founding schools and partner schools across the country to have an expedient and efficient access point for both that is based on the most up-to-date mobile technology.”
About Operation College Promise
Operation College Promise (OCP) is the veterans’ project founded by the nine ASCU state colleges and universities. NJASCU is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy advocacy organization chartered by law in 1985. Its members are: The College of New Jersey, Kean University, Montclair State University, New Jersey City University, Ramapo College of New Jersey, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Rowan University, Thomas Edison State College and William Paterson University. These institutions, collectively, serve about 108,000 students and 17,000 veterans.
About POS REP
POS REP is a mobile, proximity-based social network made expressly for the military veterans community. Short for Position Report, POS REP connects veterans who served together, but more importantly, allows veterans to discover peers and resources in their communities. POS REP will also serve as a universal mobile platform for the non-profit, government and private sector organizations that support veterans’ reintegration.