Members of the SPC Veteran's Committe worked more than two years to develop our plan.
On October 28, 2022, Saint Paul College received a proclamation from Governor Tim Walz formally designating the College as a Yellow Ribbon organization at an on-campus ceremony. SPC became the 85th Yellow Ribbon organization in Minnesota. Over 50 guests attended the ceremony, including dignitaries from the Governor’s office, the City of Saint Paul mayor’s office, Congresswoman Betty McCollum’s office, and other state agencies and military personnel.
President Deidra Peaslee formally received the proclamation from Major General Manke, the Minnesota National Guard’s Adjutant General. Veteran students and alums were also in attendance, including recent alum Ben Carlson who now works at the VA.
He led the audience in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and shared how much he enjoyed working with the College in creating an action plan that best meets the needs of veteran students on campus. A tour of the student veteran center followed the ceremony.
The Saint Paul College Veterans Committee worked for nearly two years to develop a robust and sustainable action plan that collaborates with numerous departments to meet the needs of students and staff with military or veteran-related affiliations. Being identified as a Yellow Ribbon organization shows that critical areas within an organizational structure create a network that proactively supports service members, veterans, and military families. Key initiatives within the approved Action Plan include expanding the hours of operation and support services available at our Veterans Center, training staff on how to address common military-related questions from students, and expanding training opportunities.
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