To all Bryant students, faculty and staff,
Thank you to all veterans who have served our county.
It is especially important in these challenging times to recognize those who have served our country with great pride and honor. In recognition of Veterans Day and the important role that veterans have played at Bryant throughout our history, today we recognize and thank all those who have served our country. We are grateful to every individual who has served and proud to be ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s Best Colleges for Veterans.
Bryant is honored to work with students who are eligible to receive benefits through the military and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program for students eligible for chapter 33 benefits. Nearly five percent of Bryant faculty and staff are veterans and each year approximately three percent of our graduate student body and one percent of all undergraduates is comprised of veterans. Since 1954, Bryant has commissioned 146 Bryant University Lieutenants.
"I am very proud of their service and the service of our Bryant veterans, and know firsthand how much of an impact our veterans have on the soul and substance of our nation."
Bryant alumni records show we have almost 350 veterans: 157 who have served in the U.S. Navy, 107 with service in the U.S. Army, 33 who have served in the U.S. Air Force, 19 who have served in the U.S. National Guard, 13 with service in the U.S. Marine Corps, seven who have served in the U.S. Army Reserve, and three with service in the U.S. Coast Guard. There were more than 500 alumnae/ni engaged in World War II.
It has been my pleasure to learn about Bryant’s history and the Bryant College Service Club through Bryant College Goes to War, the work of Professor Judy Barrett, Ph.D., published by the Douglas and Judith Krupp Library in 2013 as part of Bryant’s 150th anniversary celebration. Bryant is fortunate to have such a renowned World War II historian and letter writing expert among our faculty, particularly as the alumni attending Bryant College through the GI Bill is a very important part of our history.
My own grandfather, Jules Jacobs, and father, Irwin Gittell, CPA, served in World War I and World War II respectively, both as Sergeant Majors in the Army. My father attained his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting through the GI Bill. I am very proud of their service and the service of our Bryant veterans, and know firsthand how much of an impact our veterans have on the soul and substance of our nation.
I hope you will join me in remembering and thanking all veterans today.
President Ross Gittell, Ph.D.