UM Hosts Secretary of Veterans Affairs for Warrior Week

Photo by Kevin Bain/Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

OXFORD – The University of Mississippi facilitated U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert L. Wilkie Jr. a week ago amid the college’s recognition of Warrior Week.

Wilkie, an individual from the U.S. Bureau and an officer in the Air Force Reserve, invested energy meeting with individuals from the Student Veterans Association on grounds Friday morning (Nov. 2) at the Veterans Resource Center. There, he heard inquiries and worries from understudy veterans on an assortment of themes.

«I was here to disclose to them that the VA is a place for them as they proceed onward throughout everyday life,» Wilkie said. «That it is something other than a healing facility or a center. We have a ton of instructive administrations that guarantee, as a rule, that youthful veterans have the assets to go to class.»

As the understudy veteran populace gets more youthful – out of the blue since the 1970s, the greater part of U.S. veterans are under age 65 – Veterans Affairs wants to cook its administrations toward more youthful recipients, Wilkie said.

Wilkie’s visit offered Ole Miss understudies and pioneers a chance to grandstand the responsibility being made to veteran and military staff.

Andrew Newby, collaborator chief for Veteran and Military Services, said he was pleased to indicate Wilkie that Ole Miss is making progress in enhancing the lives of understudy veterans crosswise over grounds.

«His visit demonstrates the understudy veterans of Ole Miss that, as an organization, we have increased significant help starting from the top, and it is inconceivably essential to every last one of them,» Newby said. «It is awesome to have Secretary Wilkie on grounds since we are attempting to end up the standard for thinking about understudy veterans on a school grounds.

«Having the pioneer of the Department of Veterans Affairs on grounds enables us to feature our advancement.»

Wilkie is no more bizarre to the college – his connections to Ole Miss return ages. Somerville Hall was named after his incredible extraordinary grandma, Lucy Somerville Howorth. His extraordinary granddad, Abram Somerville, used to walk him around grounds during the 1970s.

«I have seen (Ole Miss) through the eyes of a kid, and it is extraordinary to be back,» Wilkie said.

Wilkie, who filled in as advice and guide on universal security undertakings to previous Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, talked with understudies at the Lott Leadership Institute on Friday and furthermore visited the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Oxford.

Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter touted Wilkie’s appearance on grounds amid an inviting occasion at the Lyceum. By

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