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Vietnam Vets Use Endowment to Help Future Veterans
February 5, 2018

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1073 has endowed a scholarship to help future veterans attending Walters State Community College. 

“We are grateful to the Vietnam Veterans of America for this unique endowment. This scholarship will both encourage and provide financial assistance to future veterans,” said Dr. Tony Miksa, president of the college.

Scholarships will be funded by interest from the endowment, allowing the endowment to continue in perpetuity. 

 

“The Vietnam Veteran creed is that ‘never again will a generation of veterans be abandoned by another.’ This endowment will guarantee that we will not abandon coming generations. Even after we are gone, the spirit of the Vietnam veteran will continue to help future veterans,” said Robert Russell, a member of the chapter and a retired Walters State associate professor. 


Miksa said Walters State serves both veterans who are just leaving military service and veterans who decide to come to college later in life.

“We work closely with veterans to determine their service-related benefits and other benefits they may qualify for, including Pell Grants and Tennessee Reconnect, which will begin this fall,” Miksa said.

For more information about using veterans benefits at Walters State, contact the Veterans Affairs Office at Veterans.Affairs@ws.edu or call 423-585-6896. For information on the Vietnam Veterans of America, contact James Weidman at jlweidman@musfiber.com. 


In the photo: The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1073 recently endowed a scholarship to assist veterans attending Walters State Community College. From left are Scott Reams and Doe Jarvis, trustees of the Walters State Foundation, Fred Morreale, Vietnam veteran; Dr. Tony Miksa, president of Walter State; Jack Weidman, president of VVA Local 1073; Billy Cameron, Vietnam veteran; Robert Russell, Vietnam veteran; Kathleen VanOrsdel, Vietnam veteran; and Clarence Gillam, Vietnam veteran.