Friday, May 20, 2011

Veteran Corps Hard at Work 4-12-2011

by Jeff Bell
    The new campus organization aimed at promoting veterans and veteran opportunities is another step closer to obtaining official campus organizational recognition. The WVU Parkersburg Veterans Corps voted to approve a set of bylaws and voted three fellow veterans into office as president, vice president and secretary/treasurer.
    The university will only recognize an organization that has met these basic requirements: the institution of bylaws and election of officers. The bylaws are simply a very basic set of existing bylaws which will need to be fine-tuned as time progresses and needs are discovered, according to Corps organizers. “This is the first step in starting out an organization that will make a huge difference to veterans, the university and the community,” John Wilson, veteran work-study, said.
    The officers elected are students; no faculty was available at the time of the election. Corps President is Alexander (Alex) Stanley. “I would really like to lead this organization into a very positive direction of community involvement,” Stanley said.
    The Vice-President elected is Shawn Healey. The offices of the Secretary and the Treasurer were combined as part of the initial Corps start-up. “We really will not have much money to deal with yet, if need be, we will open a separate office later,” Wilson said. Breanna Robinson is the elected student to cover the two positions.
    The meeting also discussed other areas of student veteran importance. “It is imperative that every veteran sees me, with their schedules, if they are planning on summer and fall enrollment.
    It is our responsibility to get the word out to all of the WVU Parkersburg veterans,” Wilson said.
    “I want every veteran to get all of the VA benefits for which they are entitled. Like I always say, ‘Freedom is never free',” Wilson said.

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