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Foglesong To Address Veterans Ceremony at Concord University
ATHENS - General Robert H. “Doc” Foglesong (USAF, Ret.) will be the keynote speaker for a Veterans Appreciation and Dedication Ceremony at Concord University Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 at 12 noon. Sponsored by the Concord University Veterans Committee, the event will feature the dedication of a veterans memorial near the flag poles in front of Marsh Hall.
The memorial pays tribute to “all Concordians who made the supreme sacrifice” during times of war.
Concord University Veterans Coordinator Lisa Spencer said the ceremony will be a time to honor United States veterans and military personal and is scheduled to coincide with Veterans Day observances nationwide. The community is invited to attend.
Foglesong, a native West Virginian, is currently President and Executive Director of the Appalachian Leadership and Education Foundation, an organization committed to finding, mentoring and developing young men and women to be the next generation of leadership across Appalachia.
A four-star general in the United States Air Force, Foglesong was designated by the President of the United States as the Co–Chairman of the Joint US–Russia Commission on POWs/MIAs. He is a former President of Mississippi State University and a member of the Concord University Board of Governors.
Highlights of the program include a 21-gun salute by the Mercer County Veterans Council and presentation of the colors by the PikeView High School JROTC. Two veterans, who are currently enrolled as students at Concord University, will also participate in the memorial ceremony.
They and their fellow student veterans are being assisted in educational endeavors by the Concord University Veterans Office. Established in 2009, the office works with United States veterans, reservists and active duty service members to utilize educational benefits from the Post 9/11 GI Bill. The office also works with student veterans in areas from housing to tutoring to counseling.
Concord University President Gregory F. Aloia is chairperson of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Veterans Task Force. This group is working to advance the recruitment, retention and graduation of veterans at the state’s institutions of higher learning.
Concord University is a “role model” in this statewide initiative to offer veteran-friendly college and university campuses.
In a report recently released by Military Times EDGE magazine, Concord University ranks 13th in a list of 101 “Best for Vets: Colleges.” The selection, based on financial assistance, academic flexibility, campus culture and support services, was made from the more than 4,000 colleges and universities invited to participate.
Additionally, Concord University was selected one of America’s Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education magazine in 2009.
A Mobile Vet Center will also be on the Concord campus from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 9. The unit is a mobile counseling center for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vet Center program and is designed to take VA services to rural and underserved veterans.
For more information about the Veterans Appreciation and Dedication Ceremony or veterans benefits contact Spencer at 1-304-384-5339, 1-888-384-VETS (8387) or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information may also be found on the Concord University website at www.concord.edu.