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Rahall Scheduled to Address Concord University Veterans Ceremony

CONTACT: Greg Quick
Concord University
Interim Vice President for Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
Office: (304) 384-5318 -

Rahall Scheduled to Address Concord University Veterans Ceremony

ATHENS - U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (W.Va.) is scheduled to be the keynote speaker for a Veterans Appreciation Ceremony at Concord University on Monday, Nov. 9, 2009 at 12:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Concord University Veterans Committee, the event will feature the dedication of two new flagpoles in front of Marsh Hall on the Athens campus.

Concord University Veterans Committee Chairperson Lisa Spencer said the ceremony will be a time to honor United States veterans and military personal and is scheduled to coincide with Veterans Day observances nationwide. The community is invited to attend.

Highlights of the program include a 21-gun salute by the Mercer County Veterans Council. Four veterans, who are currently enrolled as students at Concord University, will raise a POW/MIA flag on one of the new flagpoles.

These students are among the nearly 90 veterans now attending class at Concord. They and their fellow service members are being assisted in their educational endeavors by the Concord University Veterans Office. Established earlier this year, the office works with United States veterans, reservists and active duty service members to utilize benefits from the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Enacted into law in July, 2008, the Post 9/11 GI Bill provides educational assistance for persons who served on active duty on or after Sept. 11, 2001. The bill is the nation’s largest increase in veterans educational benefits since World War II.
“Our commitment to veterans here at Concord is to help them in areas from housing to tutoring to benefits,” Spencer, who also serves as veteran coordinator with the Concord University Veterans Office, said. “The Yellow Ribbon Program and Post 9/11 GI Bill are new benefits that provide tuition and fees, a book stipend and a housing allowance.”
She said Concord University is a “role model” in a statewide initiative to make college and university campuses more veteran-friendly.

Concord University President Gregory F. Aloia is chairperson of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission’s Veterans Task Force. This group is working to advance the recruitment, retention and graduation of veterans at the state’s institutions of higher learning.

Concord University has been selected as one of America’s Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education magazine. The list of 2009 honorees will appear in the publication’s November/December print edition and the online version.

For more information about the Veterans Appreciation Ceremony or veterans benefits contact Spencer at 1-304-384-5339, 1-888-384-VETS (8387) or Information may also be found on the Concord University website at


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