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Gee Mail: A salute to WVU’s student-veterans

In this edition of Gee Mail, West Virginia University President Gordon Gee visits with students who have undergone life experiences that are different from others on campus. They are veterans of the United States Armed Forces, and their journeys beyond the military have stretched to the campus of WVU.

“More than 1,000 veterans, active-duty personnel and dependents are furthering their education here at West Virginia University,” Gee said. “And we want to serve them just as they served us.”

Gee’s visit coincides with recent strides to make WVU more of a veteran-friendly campus. In September, the university hired career Army officer Jerry Wood as its director of the WVU Center for Veteran, Military and Family Programs.

On Friday (Dec. 7), the center will host a grand opening of its new Veteran and Military Family Support Headquarters, also known as “The Mountaineer Bunker.” The 2,500 square-foot facility, located in the Mountainlair, will serve as a welcoming space and support center for student veterans, armed forces personnel and dependents of current and former military service members.

“These men and women are outstanding,” Gee said. “Not just with their educational and professional pursuits, but with their overall well-being and their acclimation to the community.

“They served our great nation, and now we will be certain to serve them so they can pursue their passion and purpose.”