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Support for veterans should inspire both pride and gratitude

The U.S. Department of Education will provide Pennsylvania College of Technology with a well-deserved $450,000 grant, the Sun-Gazette reported in its weekend edition.

The three-year grant is earmarked to support recruiting veterans to enroll in Penn College and to develop support systems to ensure the veterans have their best opportunities to succeed. It also creates an additional staff position with the college’s Veterans and Military Resource Center.

Penn College President Davie Jane Gilmour noted that Penn College may have more than 200 students who served in the armed services and that Penn College recently was ranked the fourth-best college for veterans by U.S. News.

That is an accomplishment of which our whole community should be proud. It is an important accomplishment. While people often talk about the importance of supporting our veterans, it is heartening to see concrete action to help veterans find strong careers in the civilian workforce. Most veterans, when possible, want to help themselves and Penn College is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to support veterans in doing exactly that.

We should also be thankful that the federal government is providing such grants to colleges in pursuit of this noble task and lobby our legislators to continue to allocate funding for this program. More money can only help Penn College and other colleges act to support veterans.

And of course, we should always feel pride in and gratitude for our brothers, sisters, daughters and sons who answered their country’s call and were willing to make the sacrifices military service requires.

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