I am honored to join the entire Duke community in recognizing Veterans Day. We are grateful for the service of the many veterans among our students, staff, faculty, and alumni, and we are very proud to call them members of the Duke family.
Duke University has a long history of active engagement with the armed forces. From the famed 65th General Hospital, which was based at Duke and saved the lives of tens of thousands of soldiers in World War II, to our physician assistant program, which began with veteran students in the 1960’s, to the thousands of undergraduate and graduate students who have left our campus to serve in every conflict dating back to World War I, we have been committed to supporting our servicemembers since the earliest days of this institution.
That commitment continues today. We are making new investments in the programs and initiatives that we offer to veteran students and employees and thinking creatively about how we can be the best institution in the nation when it comes to serving this vital campus community. To that end, the Office of Student Veterans and the Duke Military Association offer a wide range of resources for support, social engagement, and advocacy—both here at Duke and throughout the region.
Veterans Day is an important reminder of the service and sacrifice of so many members of the Duke community. We are proud to stand alongside our veterans and look forward to engaging with them throughout their time on our campus.