Towson University and University of Maryland: Role Models for Treatment of Veterans

Towson University and University of Maryland are only 122 miles away, according to Mapquest, but both schools are being noticed for their support of veterans.

Saturday, November 14th, 2009, two college football teams will leave their traditional home uniforms behind and don a new uniform:

University of Maryland's jersey (Photo Credit: Under Armour Communications department)

camouflage. In partnership with Under Armour and the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), University of Maryland and University of South Carolina will play their games against Virginia Tech and University of Florida in specially designed Under Armour uniforms.

Under Armour and Wounded Warrior Project decided to join forces and use the birthplace of UA- the football field- as a platform to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project. The brand’s long-standing relationship and all-sport sponsorships at both schools made them perfect candidates for the first Wounded Warrior Project Games Powered by Under Armour.

Danielle Cavalli, who works in Communications for Under Armour, explained how the partnership between the brand, the project and the two chosen schools came together on a new venture to raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project.

University of Maryland broadcast their support of veterans on a national level, while Towson University has been gaining recognition through  another medium: being named a military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine.

I’m not sure you would receive this kind of treatment at a place like College Park or Johns Hopkins. They’re just like, ‘yeah, well thanks for your service’ and then go off, but Towson, they do an excellent job.

Timothy David Scott, a student veteran attending Towson University, said in an article published in The Towerlight, Towson’s student newspaper, but other students veterans, like Leif Collins, former U.S. Army, share opposite feelings about how veterans are recognized at Towson:

I personally do not believe that veterans receive much recognition on campus.  There have been a couple of football games here at Towson where student veterans were recognized; we have participated in a couple of panels with the Progressive Democrats of Towson, which both went well; and have hosted two care package drives in recognition of Veterans Day.  Speaking as an individual student who is a veteran, the main type of recognition I receive comes from other students, who upon finding out that I am a veteran of the Iraq war, ask my experiences.

There is a student veterans group on campus at Towson University, but membership is quite limited, unlike Greek organizations or an anime club. Collins conveyed his feeling veterans and student veterans group receive little recognition is because the requirements for membership is limited to veterans.  One suggestion Collins made to increase recognition of veterans on college campuses is to introduce them as veterans during graduation ceremonies because to Collins that’s who he is, and should be recognized as such. Towson University offers what they call a “Thank You Grant,” a gift of $500 to each veteran attending the campus to be used towards tuition or textbook costs, which is one of the contributing factors to their selection as a military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine.

Both Towson University and University of Maryland are recognizing veterans and thanking veterans in a positive way, and colleges across the country should be doing more to emulate Towson and University of Maryland’s treatment of their veterans.


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