Sean M. Connolly, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs was the keynote speaker at Eastern’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11. “Today we pay homage to the patriots of all our wars,” said Connolly, “including peace- time veterans, Cold War veterans and those of all our conflicts.”
At the same time that Connecticut’s more than 200,000 veterans are experiencing a surge in support services compared to years and generations passed, they still face many mental, physical, fiscal and employment challenges, according to Connolly. He urged the crowd to thank a veteran, “not just today, but every day,” as they are the reason the United States is the longest enduring democracy in the world.
There are more than 600 students, faculty and staff at Eastern who are veterans, active duty or military reserve members. With a veterans center committed to serving this population, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Eastern as the ninth best public institution in the North for veterans.