News from the Bush School

Veterans Honored by Bush School Student Organizations with Service Wall, Letter Campaign

November 11, 2016

image of decorated wall for Veteran's day


The Public Service Organization (PSO) and Diversity and Inclusion Committee at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University is honoring veterans and active duty service members with a Veteran’s Wall, created to recognize the military service of students, faculty, and staff.

The wall is currently on display and features photos of active service members and veterans along with their name and a brief bio.

“The Veteran Recognition Wall is meant to highlight the service of Bush School staff, faculty, and students. Given that so many of our students, faculty, and staff have served in order to protect our nation’s principles of democracy and freedom, PSO and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee wanted to create a recognition wall to honor them on Veteran’s Day,” said PSO president and second-year Bush School student Maria Tinnirello.

Bush School Dean Mark Welsh, a forty-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, commended the efforts of PSO and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee in recognizing the importance of Veterans Day.

“Military service is a privilege.  All of us who wore the uniform were honored to do so.  Here at the Bush School, we are incredibly lucky to stand side-by-side with many others who have served, or will serve, their fellow citizens in many different ways, That’s what this school is all about” said Welsh. “Our student organizations have done a wonderful job showcasing the active duty and veteran members of the School’s faculty, staff, and student body.”

The organizations will also host a “Write a Letter to a Soldier” campaign supporting servicemen and women who are spending time away from their families during the holidays. A booth will be set up at the Bush School on Thursday, November 10th, so students can write letters to military members; the letters will then be sent to soldiers overseas.

The Bush School PSO serves the greater Bryan/College Station community through various service projects throughout the year. Since the beginning of the school year, PSO has been involved in projects such as building projects for Habitat for Humanity, cleaning up beaches in the Corpus Christi area, and assisting with the Brazos Valley Food Bank.

The Bush School Diversity and Inclusion Committee, formed as a part of the School’s Student Government Association, works specifically to create a campus that respects, nurtures, and celebrates diversity and inclusion through education, awareness, and exposure to different cultures, belief systems, and values.

The Bush School and Texas A&M have a long history of recognizing the sacrifices of veterans and current service members in addition to helping them achieve their education goals. Each year, through the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs, the School hosts officers in the U.S. Army as a part of the United States Army War College’s Senior Service College Fellowship Program.

Texas A&M has been named a premier institution of higher education for providing services to veterans transitioning into civil service careers after their military service. The University is home to more than 1,100 veterans and at least 2,200 military dependents who are able to take advantage of generous scholarships and financial aid for members of the military. The University also has two dedicated offices for military-affiliated students and programs designed to support veterans in their educational pursuits.