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Siena Establishes Veteran and Cadet Fund
Friday, November 11, 2011
Congressman Christopher Gibson ’86 presented LTC Samantha Ross, Siena professor of military science and Mohawk Battalion commander, a U.S. Flag that had previously flown over the Capitol, following his keynote address at the College’s inaugural Veterans Recognition Dinner.
On the eve of Veterans Day, Siena College recognized the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces, including staff members and current students who are veterans as well as the Mohawk Battalion ROTC cadets who are future combat leaders.
Siena’s Vice President for Student Affairs Maryellen Gilroy, Ed.D., announced the establishment of the Siena College Veteran and Cadet Fund, a commitment by the College to support veterans. This endowment will “provide support for returning vets who need financial help due to service-related issues. It will also provide, when appropriate, extra funds to help recruit top high school and college students into ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) by providing aid for room and board.”
The Siena College Veteran and Cadet Fund was created by alumni and friends of Siena College along with LTC Ross and the fund’s two lead donors John W. Atkinson ’86 and James S. Scully ’87. Atkinson and Scully were both ROTC commissioned officers at Siena and went onto serve in the U.S. Army Reserve.
Congressman Gibson, who was elected to New York’s 20th District in November of 2010, spent 24 years in the Army following his ROTC commission at Siena. He deployed seven times, including four combat tours to Iraq, and retired with the rank of colonel. He continues his steadfast support of the military as a representative on the House Armed Services Committee (Subcommittees on Readiness and Emerging Threats and Capabilities).
Speaking about the commitment of service by the veterans and cadets in attendance and his own experience with comrades in battle, Gibson said, “You wonder where we get men and women like these. We get them here at Siena and all across America. This fund will make a difference.”
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