On November 11, Marymount University held its third annual Veterans Day Luncheon to honor those members of the campus community who have served in the armed forces. The event was attended by students, staff, and faculty – including many who are active service members or veterans. Sophomore Grace Omijie expressed the sentiment of everyone present, saying, “I came to honor and support those who serve our country.”
Marymount’s vice president for student development and enrollment management, Dr. Chris Domes, noted that the University currently enrolls more than 150 veterans and is committed to meeting these students’ unique needs and supporting their success. He spoke about Marymount’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9-11 G.I. Bill under which the University provides up to 60 grants per year of $2,000 each to eligible veterans pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs matches the grant, so that veterans attending Marymount can receive up to $4,000 through the program, in addition to the other educational benefits to which they are entitled. To all the veterans and service people present at the luncheon, Dr. Domes said, “We are proud that you’re here and proud that we can help you attain a Marymount education.”
Colonel Carl Coffman, commander of the U.S. Army’s Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, was the featured speaker at the luncheon. He praised the patriotism and service of America’s military personnel, noting that less than one percent of the U.S. population serves in the armed forces. He particularly commended today’s young service members who are “getting it done” in challenging and dangerous situations around the world.
In addition, Colonel Coffman applauded the student veterans present at the luncheon, noting that their decision to further their education would prepare them for even greater service and leadership in the future. He concluded his remarks by thanking Marymount University for its participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program and all of its efforts to assist military service members and veterans in achieving their educational goals.
1.Colonel Carl Coffman, commander, U.S. Army’s Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall
2 Marymount University active-duty and veteran students with Colonel Coffman (back row, fourth from right) and Marymount President Dr. Matthew Shank (back row, third from right.)
3.Marymount University staff and faculty veterans with Colonel Coffman and President Shank
4.Colonel Coffman speaks with Marymount student veterans Matt Shuman and Hope Sivilia