U to Announce First National Center for Veterans Studies

On Monday, May 10 at 11:00 a.m., the University of Utah will officially launch the University’s National Center for Veterans Studies, the first comprehensive and independent academic effort of its kind. The Center will be operated by the U’s College of Social and Behavioral Science and S.J. Quinney College of Law.

The mission of the Center is to engage in research, education, outreach and advocacy to improve the lives of veterans and their families and further advance American values, prosperity and security. The need for veteran’s research and outreach is significant and unmet. Nearly half a million veterans are expected to matriculate to college in the next decade.  In addition, a quarter of returning veterans experience health and psychosocial issues. The U is ideally situated for collaborations to identify, explore and solve issues with our veteran population.

The announcement and interviews will take place at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, Sutherland Moot Courtroom.

Speakers include University of Utah President Michael K.Young; Senator Bob Bennett; College of Social and Behavioral Science Dean David Rudd; S. J. Quinney College of Law Dean Hiram Chodosh; and Captain Wayne Porter, Special Assistant for Strategy to the Joint Chiefs.

For more information, contact:

Rick Pike, College of Social and Behavioral Science, 801-585-9200 (office), 801-244-7478 (cell), rick.pike@csbs.utah.edu; or

Valoree Dowell, University of Utah Public Relations, 801-585-6861 (office), 801-403-3128 (cell), v.dowell@ucomm.utah.edu