An organization that publishes a list of military friendly schools has listed Sherman College of Chiropractic for the first time in the list's five-year history.
The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list was released Tuesday by Victory Media. It includes "the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus."
Of Sherman's 250 students, seven are veterans, according to director of public relations Karen Brower Rhodes.
The school also offers a Yellow Ribbon program, which provides up to $2,000 per quarter for post-9/11 veterans who enroll at Sherman.
Leo Levesque, a 14-year Army veteran who was medically retired as a first sergeant in 2011 following an injury in Iraq, said Sherman, to him, feels like home.
Levesque, who is from southern Illinois, said he was drawn to chiropractic while he was still in the Army. He began seeing a chiropractor to help treat his injuries and said he saw immediate results.
"After that, I started exploring schools," said Levesque, who served two tours in Iraq. He chose Sherman because of the school's ideology and its small size.
Since enrolling in October 2012, Levesque said he's been more than pleased with his decision and has even encouraged other veterans to apply.
He praised the faculty, who he said often takes time from their own schedules to help students, and the administration.
"They bent over backwards for me," Levesque said, revealing that he was late in applying to Sherman, but was accepted nonetheless. "They went above and beyond."
In a release, the vice president of Victory Media, Sean Collins, said Sherman has a commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students.
That commitment will be highlighted on the list, which can be found at militaryfriendlyschools.com alongside interactive tools meant to help veteran students find the best school to fit their needs and preferences.
In past years, Limestone College and Spartanburg Community College have also been included on the list.
"The need for education is growing, and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools," said Collins, a nine-year Navy veteran. This year's list includes 1,868 schools and was compiled through a survey of more than 10,000 schools who receive tuition funding through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Sherman's president, Edwin Cordero, is himself a Navy veteran.
Cordero said the school's inclusion on the Military Friendly Schools list had special meaning to him.
"Sherman College has a tremendous opportunity to serve and honor our military service members who give so much to our country," he said. "We are eager to reach more military members and share with them a health care career that embraces their commitment to serving others. I think it is especially fitting, since Sherman College of Chiropractic holds service to others as a major component of its mission."