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Veterans Center Newsletter – Spring 2020 Welcome

Veterans Center Newsletter

Welcome Week in the Veterans Center

Welcome to the Spring semester! This week is Welcome Week in the Veterans Center. We hope you will stop by frequently to connect with other veteran students and seek support for any needs you may have.

Welcome Week:

 Today, Monday, Jan. 13, we will have refreshments in the Veterans Center and, as always, an endless supply of coffee to give you the energy you need in-between classes.

 We have a free gift for you! Stop by the Veterans Center any time from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. this week (Jan. 13-17) to receive some swag from the Office of Military Affairs.

 We will also have a drawing several times this week for swag bags. All veterans who swipe in at the Veterans Center will be entered into the drawing (one entry per day). Visit us every day this week to be entered up to five times!

We are glad to have you back on campus and look forward to seeing you soon!

Student Veterans Association Updates

We are excited to introduce David Montgomery, a six year U.S. Marine Corps veteran currently pursuing a Bachelor of Psychology, as the new President of the Liberty University Student Veterans Association (LUSVA).

David Montgomery, LUSVA President

As we settle into the spring semester, I want to welcome all student veterans to the campus of Liberty University. LUSVA has been working hard to ensure that this semester will be one of the most beneficial semesters to date. The mission of LUSVA is to foster a culture of comradery, selfless service, and academic success among the veterans of Liberty University, and we have scheduled events and activities that we hope will help in the furtherance of our organization’s mission.

 Mission: As student veterans, Liberty University, holds us in high esteem. It is my conviction that such admiration should drive every individual student veteran to exercise discipline and hold ourselves accountable to the honor that has been given to us at this, the last great educational bastion of patriotism and American values. This excellence must start from within our small community of student veterans who, while we are diverse, we share similar beliefs, values, and experiences. As we move forward into the New Year, it is my hope that we celebrate our diversity while relying on our commonality to drive us to strive harder than ever to accomplish our mission.

 Goals: I and the leadership have been hard at work planning initiatives and events for the coming semester. We have set three primary goals that we hope will propel us forward with greater success:

  • Firstly, encourage each member to take on more responsibility; each week I want us to ask ourselves, “What have I done for SVA this week?” or “What can I do for SVA?”.
  • Secondly, increase the reach and effectiveness of our organization through fundraising. I and the leadership will be brainstorming ways we can raise funds to better serve student veterans on campus.
  • Finally, I want for LUSVA to leave its mark on this campus in a way that legitimizes us as an organization and make us indispensable to the university. With the help of the Military Affairs Office and our adviser, Jon Norman, I hope to give our members a clearer picture of what veteran success looks like in higher education. With this knowledge we will be able to mobilize each and every member with purpose and direction.

 Student Veterans of America Conference: Over the break I had the opportunity to attend the Student Veterans of America Conference in Los Angeles California with our staff adviser, Mr. Norman. I take this honor seriously, and I look forward to implementing the best practices learned from other student veteran organizations and their university’s leaders. I will do everything in my power to become the best leader I can for our organization.

I can’t wait to see all the great things that we accomplish this semester!

Servus Semper,
David Montgomery
President, LUSVA

Farewell Note from Jesse Macdonald

Firstly, I cannot express in words how serving as President of the Liberty University Student Veterans Association has been a profound blessing to me. Secondly, as I believe it necessary for the overall health of the organization, as well as for the advancement of my own academic and personal goals, I will be stepping aside as president. It gives me great joy to inform you that David Montgomery has been voted in as the next incoming president. I have nothing but the utmost confidence in and respect for David’s character, work ethic and heart for service. I will be working closely with David to facilitate a smooth transition in his new leadership role.

I look forward to seeing what the Lord has in store for LUSVA in the future.

Servus Semper,
Jesse Macdonald

LUSVA Events

We are busy planning events for the Spring 2020 semester, both for our LUSVA members to connect and also to provide CSER opportunities for LUSVA and Students Behind our Military. Please be sure to like and follow us on Facebook to receive notification of opportunities as they are planned.


Military Emphasis Week Highlights

Liberty University held its annual Military Emphasis Week (MEW) Nov. 9-16. It was an incredible time for the Liberty community as we recognized and honored our nation’s military, veterans, and their families. See some of the highlights from the week below:

 New Veterans Center Opens: The Veterans Center, which began as a small office in 2016, has now tripled in size with its move to a new location in the Montview Student Union, offering two offices, an added conference room, new televisions, and additional study spaces. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13 to celebrate the grand opening of the new Veterans Center. The Veterans Center was open all day for tours, and was the location for the annual Veterans Appreciation Reception later that afternoon.  Learn more

 Valley View 5-Miler Honors Memory of Major Mike Donahue: More than 100 race participants gathered at Camp Hydaway on Saturday, Nov. 9 to run the Valley View 5-Miler. This race is held annually in memory of Major Mike Donahue, a Liberty alumnus and former faculty member who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2014. Learn more

 Convocation Speakers Honor our Nation’s Military: Two special convocation services highlighted our nation’s military and veterans during Military Emphasis Week. Tim Lee, a Marine who lost both of his legs in Vietnam and a long-time friend of Liberty University spoke alongside “The Muslim Marine”, Mansoor Shams, during a special Convo Select on Thursday, Nov. 14. The pair discussed their similarities and differences as veterans from different faiths. On Friday, Nov. 15, Liberty University was privileged to have Nikki Haley speak to students during our annual Military Appreciation Convocation. Both services were live-streamed and are available to watch on the Office of Spiritual Development Facebook page.

Read the full article to learn more about Military Emphasis Week.

Jesse Macdonald Wins Champion of Freedom Award

Jesse Macdonald, a residential student and member of Liberty University’s Student Veterans Association, was awarded the George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award at the military appreciation football game on Nov. 30, 2019. Prior to coming to Liberty University, Macdonald joined the U.S. Army in 2005 and served in the 82nd Airborne Division overseas in Iraq. He is not only the youngest person to receive the award, but he is also the first current Liberty student to be awarded the honor. The Liberty Champion recently interviewed Jesse and shared some of his story in transitioning from military combat back to civilian life. Read more.

 About the George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award: Beginning in 2010, the George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award is given annually to a man or woman who served in the United States Armed Forces and went above the call of duty, displaying extraordinary heroism while in the service and continuing to serve as an outstanding ambassador in their community. The award’s namesake and first recipient, Mr. George Rogers, recently passed away at the age of 100. He was a decorated World War II hero, Bataan Death March survivor, and former Liberty University administrator. Learn more.

Top Ranking for Military Support

Liberty University was recently featured by Military Times on their annual Best for Vets: Colleges 2020 rankings for Online and Nontraditional Schools. Finishing strong at the #2 spot on the rankings, we consider it an awesome privilege to serve over 30,000 military service members, veterans, and military spouses who choose to make Liberty their home while they pursue their educational goals. Read more


Come see us in the Veterans Center!

Veterans Center Hours and Location:

We are now located on the second floor of the Montview Student Union in Suite 2770. Open to all service members and veterans, the Veterans Center provides a space for military students to socialize with one another, study, or relax in between classes.
Learn more at Liberty.edu/VetCenter.

Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: (434) 582-7070

Veterans Center Supervisor:

The military student liaison, Jon Norman, is available to assist students with processing military educational benefits, liaising with other LU departments for military-related issues, and connection to our on-campus military student community.
Learn more at Liberty.edu/MilitaryPOC.

Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed 12-1 p.m.)
Appointments: (434) 592-5652; militarypoc@liberty.edu

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