Concordia St. Paul News

September 22, 2015

Veterans Resource Center Renamed in Honor of General John W. Vessey, Jr.

Concordia University, St. Paul will officially dedicate the General John W. Vessey, Jr. Veterans Resource Center on Saturday, October 3, 2015 with a ceremony on campus at the Buenger Education Center.

The General John W. Vessey, Jr. Veterans Resource Center at Concordia University helps provide veterans and military family members a single point of contact for information and assistance regarding the benefits and resources available to meet the unique challenges they face.

“Concordia University is extremely honored to name the General John W. Vessey, Jr. Veterans Resource Center for a great leader and friend of our school,” said Concordia President Dr. Tom Ries. “General Vessey is such an inspiration to our military veterans and active duty personnel students that they asked if we could name our veterans center for him which was an idea I thought was spectacular.”

A lifelong Lutheran, General Vessey served over 46 years of active military service beginning in 1939 when he enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard and concluding in 1985 as Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Reagan.

General Vessey’s numerous honors include the Distinguished Service Cross, and the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Defense Distinguished Service Medals. In 1992, President George H. W. Bush awarded him the nation’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

A plaque honoring General Vessey will be permanently placed inside the resource center’s location in the Meyer Hall Tunnel.

CSP, which currently has 215 veteran, active duty, and military family members enrolled in its three degree offering areas (traditional, adult undergraduate, graduate). Concordia, which was named a Top Military Friendly School in 2015 and 2014, also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program for eligible veterans.