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The SERV Program. Making it possible

John Merritt named Veteran of the Year (Cleveland)


John Merritt director of SERV and the Mayor of Cleveland


The SERV program was developed in 2006. The program developed from the concerns of a ClevelandStateUniversity instructor and several Peer Support Veterans from the Vietnam era.  Along with the help of ClevelandStateUniversity and the Department of Veterans Affairs veterans the group developed an educational model of supportive education and everyday problems. The Veterans Research Group (the 501 (c) (3) group developed the SERV act.  This act allowed the Universities and Colleges to form veteran friendly SERV models all over the nation.




Company history

The Veterans Research Group (VRG), a 501 (c) (3), supports veterans and veteran's families interested in higher education. VRG is the parent organization of Supportive Education for the Returning Veteran (SERV).SERV is a program designed to assist in creating a more veteran friendly college campus environment for our returning OEF-OIF service-members.Section T of the “Higher Education Opportunity Act” calls for model programs for Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success.SERV has been selected as one of the best programs in the country.(Nov 12, 2008 Wal-Mart Ace award).Cleveland State, a SERV school at the time was also selected for the Tillman Scholarship award.