Lt. Col. Mike Waters ’70 USAF (Ret.) knows what it is like to be a veteran-student at SUNY Oswego. He served several tours in combat with the Air National Guard before finishing his degree, nine and a half years after his high school graduation. Waters has been supporting veterans’ initiatives on campus for years, starting the
Military Advanced named Oswego to its annual list in the 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, noting that schools on the list “go out of their way to implement military-friendly policies in support of our men and women in uniform.” “The designation shows the extent to which the campus goes to provide a welcoming
He started his adult life homeless, and entered the Army to get a roof over his head. But when U.S. Army Spc. Yasser Richard ’13 saw a barefoot child in threadbare clothes on a street in Kabul, Afghanistan, he knew how lucky he was. He promised himself that he would dedicate his life to helping people escape a life of poverty.
Anzio Beach, Monte Cassino, Normandy: To most, these are names from a map or history book. To Charles Phallen, emeritus professor of technology education, they are places he served valiantly in World War II and visits now, at age 94, to receive honors from a grateful populace or pay respects at the graves of fallen comrades.
Last year, France honored him with the Chevalier Legion of Honor. The Legion of Honor is the highest award France can bestow, and it was presented to Phallen for his “personal, precious contribution to the United States’ decisive role in the liberation of our country.”
“It’s pretty hard if you think about it — you’re sitting in a vehicle in Iraq and a roadside bomb goes off. The next thing you remember is being in Germany a few days later and flying 12 hours overnight to get to Walter Reed,” Lt. Cl. Mary King ’76, M.D. says. “It’s difficult for me to see young men and women who were very productive have their lives changed.”