A U.S. Senator visited the University of Georgia recently to learn about the services it offers its student veterans.
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According to an article by the Red & Black, the university’s student-run newspaper, U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) visited the Student Veterans Resource Center in the Tate Student Center Monday to meet with some of the university’s veterans.
“Bill McDonald, the dean of students, introduced Isakson as the senator sat with over a dozen university students who had served in the National Guard, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Marines and U.S. Army. McDonald emphasized Isakson’s long track in public service, highlighting the senator as the first Georgian since the late 1800s to serve in the state House, state Senate, U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate,” the article reads. “Isakson served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966 to 1972, and has spent much of his legislative career heavily focusing on veteran’s issues, and currently serves as the chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.”
Isakson reportedly spoke about easing the transition from using services provided to active duty soldiers to using veteran’s services — specifically in the field of education.
“Many of the students, who are pursuing degrees varying from anthropology to forestry to engineering, shared their stories about how different services provided by the SVRC helped them,” the article reads. “Ted Barco, the director of the SVRC, then delivered a presentation on the services the center provides student veterans, as well as goals for improving its services.”
Barco mentioned at the meeting that one development is that the SVRC is currently investigating the possibility of a corporate sponsorship. Under a corporate sponsorship, in exchange for having its name on the center, the business would give $3 million that would be used for additional scholarships and grants for veterans who take advantage of the center’s services.
At the end of the presentation, Isakson summarized his feelings on the stories he heard and the progress the center has made in its veteran services.
“When I was a student back in the late 60s, I remember that veterans coming back were not welcomed with open arms or treated well,” he said. “But being here today, I can sense that over time it has become much better and I’m so glad that UGA has contributed to that, because if it wasn’t for our veterans, we wouldn’t have a country today, let alone this university.”