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UMFK signs on to "Operation Community Support" to aid military personnel and their families

April 1, 2005

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent has signed on as a cooperative partner in "Operation Community Support", or OCS, an effort to complement the Maine Army National Guard military family assistance program with local resources for families of citizen soldiers serving overseas.

Specifically, campus officials are offering soldiers who have been or are now currently deployed in support of the Global War on Terror and their immediate family members, free admission to events sponsored by campus organizations at UMFK.

In addition, UMFK President Richard Cost has agreed to waive the $40 application fee that prospective students are required to pay when they apply for admission. That fee will be waived for both the soldiers currently serving and their dependents.

"We are pleased to join with OCS in supporting our troops and their families. The service they are rendering and sacrifices they are making for our country are outstanding," said Cost. "Our campus community can certainly attest to the impact on soldiers and their families. The UMFK family has seen seven of our own students called into active duty over the past three years."

OCS is seeking partners throughout Maine interested in offering special one-time offers, savings, or other incentives to soldiers and their families.

According to Kerry Birmingham, program coordinator of the Maine Army National Guard family assistance centers, the participation of the University of Maine at Fort Kent is much appreciated.

"This gracious offer by President Cost and the University is most heartwarming and a wonderful example of how community support and outreach programs can help ease the burden of deployment in the lives of our soldiers and their families."

In order to take advantage of the special offers on the Fort Kent campus, individuals who qualify need only show a copy of their military orders or their military identification card.