Observed each year on Nov. 11, Veterans Day provides an opportunity to reflect and honor those who have courageously served our country. Marquette University recognizes the service and sacrifice of all American veterans, not only on this day but actively through alumni stories, academic research, and by providing a safe space to learn and grow for all who have served.
Here are just some of the ways Marquette has shined a light on veterans across Wisconsin and the nation:
Military friendly institution
Marquette University was honored to be named a 2021-22 “Military Friendly School.” The Military Friendly designation creates better outcomes for veterans by setting a standard and providing positive reinforcement for American organizations to invest in programs that improve the lives of veterans.
Caring for the mental health of veterans
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, up to 23 percent of all veterans can experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in any given year. Rooted in the Jesuit tenet of cura personalis, Marquette cares for the mind, body and soul of service members.
Dr. Rachel Bollaert, clinical assistant professor of exercise science in the College of Health Sciences, and Dr. Jacklynn Fitzgerald, assistant professor of psychology, have worked together to research how yoga could improve the symptoms of PTSD in veterans.
One of the best colleges for veterans
Marquette University is proud to be ranked 51st among Best College for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report.
Praying for those who have served
Marquette offers a special prayer for all veterans.
Students creating close connections with former service members
As a student In 2020, Marquette alumna Alyssa Duetsch documented her most significant experience as a Marquette undergraduate — connecting with veterans through the university’s Midnight Run ministry. Read more about her life-changing experience online.
An attitude of gratitude
Sometimes it’s the little things that matter most. Marquette alumna and high school teacher Elizabeth Jorgensen found that out when she assigned a creative writing project. Each of her students wrote a letter to a veteran who was going on a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. Read Elizabeth’s reflection online.
Reaching a professional pinnacle
As a member of the Navy ROTC, Marquette alumnus Dan Fuss was commissioned by the U.S. Navy upon graduation and served most of his time aboard an aircraft carrier. He’s now considered one of “The World’s Greatest Investors” by SmartMoney magazine, reaching great heights in the investment industry.