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Law School Observes Veterans Day with Personal Touch

The Catholic University law school community paid tribute to the nation’s veterans in ways both solemn and educational on Friday, Nov. 11. 

Alumnus Patrick Campbell (above) Class of 2008 and currently legislative director and chief spokesman for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, offered a presentation at the Pryzbyla Student Center on the CUA campus titled “How the GI Bill Saved CUA, and how CUA Saved the GI Bill.”
 
Campbell recounted the university’s history during and after America’s major wars of the past 100 years, especially the first and second World Wars. Following the cessation of hostilities, many servicemen and women sent college and university enrollment rates surging upon their return home.   
 
The massive influx of motivated students into the country’s system of higher education breathed new life into hundreds of universities, including The Catholic University of America.
 
For its part, Catholic University was a star fundraiser for the war effort during WWII, so much so that a P51 Mustang fighter plane was named “The Flying Cardinal,” in its honor.
 
Campbell, a former combat medic with the D.C. National Guard, has been one of the nation’s most effective advocates for veterans over the past several years. He lobbied Congress relentlessly and successfully to liberalize higher education loan terms for veterans.
 
The law school also displayed a flag with a special history: one that flew over the detention facility in Parwan, Afghanistan on Sept. 11, 2011, ten years to the day after the attacks on New York and Washington that launched Operation Enduring Freedom.
 
The flag was the gift of Captain Sean Mahoney, Class of 2005, who serves in the legal operations directorate of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, based in Afghanistan.
 
His accompanying letter to law school Dean Veryl Miles read in part, “The education we gained at the Columbus School of Law has allowed us to serve our nation and the people of Afghanistan, bringing justice to this country.” 
 
The law school activities were part of a larger university observance. Catholic University President John Garvey, students, and other volunteers read the names of 6,200-plus servicemen and women who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past 10 years. The reading took place in front of McMahon Hall from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.