Operation Backbone, military, veterans,  service Columbia College of Missouri is proud to announce its support of Operation Backbone, a non-profit organization based in New York that provides crucial brain and spine surgical treatments for active-duty service members and veterans who need an accelerated substitute to their current care options.

As part of the program, Columbia College will offer students from Operation Backbone several services including:

  • Financial aid advising including a customized Financial Aid Shopping Sheet with details on grants, awards and scholarships available to services members and veterans.
  • An overview of the total cost of a degree program and furnish an educational plan which will detail the courses needed for degree completion and an anticipated graduation date at no charge.
  • Accommodations for student absence due to service obligations.

“Operation Backbone is a ‘start to finish’ program, and Columbia College will offer educational support and opportunities to truly ‘finish’ the process of rehabilitation for these wounded heroes,” said Operation Backbone founder Mike Sfomo. “We are extremely pleased to have Columbia College as a supporter of the program and look forward to working with this quality educational institution.”

This is a great partnership for both Operation Backbone and Columbia College. “Columbia College is extremely proud to support the efforts of Operation Backbone,” Ann Merrifield, director of business development for Columbia College said. “We are excited about the opportunity to offer support to  active duty soldiers and veterans in this program as an educational component to their rehabilitation.”

Operation Backbone collaborates with the Veteran’s Administration and active military branch commands around the world to assist and treat battlefield injuries sustained during active duty. Operation Backbone also partners with the Buffalo Sabers of the National Hockey League to provide post-strength training. To learn more about Operation Backbone, visit www.operationbackbone.com