The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University is dedicated to honoring members of the US armed forces, who often exemplify the purest kind of public service. President George H. W. Bush said it best: “Any definition of a successful life must include service to others.” Today, public service is a central tenet of the school that bears his name.
This year the Public Service Organization (PSO) at the Bush School honored veterans with a “Write a Letter to a Soldier Campaign.” The event gave Bush School students, faculty, and staff, as well as elementary school students from the Bryan community the opportunity to write a letter thanking soldiers in the 82nd Airborne Division for their service.
“The Bush School PSO Military Appreciation Team is honored to lead a ‘Write a Letter to a Soldier Campaign,’” said Nicole Pompilio, assistant project lead for the PSO Military Appreciation Team. “We think it is important to support our troops even with just a kind word. Though not all these letters may be read, we believe they can be a source of comfort and appreciation, especially during the holiday season. We appreciate our Bush School veterans and are grateful to be able to honor them as well,” she added.
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, the School’s Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs hosts officers in the US 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. There are currently more than 1,100 veterans and at least 2,200 military dependents at Texas A&M who are able to take advantage of generous scholarships and financial aid for members of the military. The University also has two offices dedicated to supporting veterans in their educational pursuits.