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Veterans Not Forgotten: Widener University Earns Accolade for Serving Returning Military

August 19, 2010

As I listened to reports this morning about the U.S. military’s combat troops leaving Iraq, I thought of all the Widener alumni who served, especially the two men who were among the 4,415 American troops who died there:  Capt. Shane R. M. Mahaffee, a 1994 graduate of Widener Law’s Harrisburg campus, killed by a roadside bomb in 2006, and Capt. Nathan Raudenbush, a 2006 graduate killed by a roadside bomb in 2008.

Many other alumni from Widener’s ROTC program served in Iraq, as others are now serving in Afghanistan.  At Widener, they are not forgotten.  “We are grateful for their service while they are away, and at Widener we are prepared to care for them when they return home,” President James Harris III wrote in his message in the spring Widener Magazine, an issue that focused on the university’s history of preparing soldiers and serving veterans.

The university’s committment to serving veterans earned recognition this week as a “Military Friendly School” from G.I. Jobs magazine, placing Widener in the top 15 percent of all higher education institutions nationwide. “Your steadfast commitment to educating our great nation’s military veterans will enable the United States to prosper for generations to come,” the award read.

For more on Widener’s services to veterans, visit widener.edu/vets.

— Sam Starnes, Editor

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