Saluting Those Who Served

Sent Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018

To the Campus Community:

Today, our nation observes Veterans Day and honors the bravery and sacrifices of the men and women who have served in the United States’ armed forces. We owe these citizens our thanks and our enduring respect for their bravery and the challenges that they have overcome as they served and protected America. Their service is the reason that we are able to enjoy the freedom and security of our nation every day.

It is a distinct point of pride that Rutgers University–Camden is dedicated to serving those who have sacrificed so much and helped our nation. As New Jersey’s first Purple Heart University, we are recognized widely for the exceptional support that we provide to our student-veterans. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Rutgers University–Camden among the best colleges for veterans and we also are a member of the national Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges consortium.

We focus many of these services through our Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, which will sponsor a celebration of our campus veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 13. During this annual invitational event, Anina Tyler and Drew Bendler will receive the 2018 awards for outstanding student-veterans. School of Nursing Dean Donna Nickitas – a retired major in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Reserve Corps – will deliver the keynote address.

This weekend, Ms. Tyler and Fred Davis (director, Office of Military and Veterans Affairs) appeared on the WPHL-TV program “In Focus,” where they discussed the Rutgers University–Camden student-veteran experience. I encourage you to watch this interview, which was conducted by Jennifer Lewis-Hall, a Rutgers alumna and a member of the Rutgers Board of Trustees.

Rutgers University–Camden is proud to count many veterans among our students, faculty, staff, and alumni. We owe them our deepest gratitude. Please join me in offering our thanks to these veterans, both today and throughout the year.

Phoebe A. Haddon, J.D., LL.M.

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