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Broadview University Honors Military Veterans

Published on November 20, 2013 by Tiffany Coleman

(MERIDIAN) Pride, partnership and a strong sense of military support shared the spotlight at Broadview University’s first-ever Military Appreciation Luncheon. In honor of Veterans Day celebrations, the event was held Friday, November 8, at the Boise campus.

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Dan Sperry (left) is a U.S. Army combat veteran—serving in Desert Shield and Desert Storm. He and his wife, Angie, and their dog, Awescar, are proud supporters of the Boise campus’s military efforts.

Students, faculty, staff members and community partners joined together to honor those who proudly served our country. Students representing every program attended the event, and included all branches of the military with the exception of the U.S. Coast Guard. Army combat veteran, Dan Sperry, his wife Angie and their service dog Awescar also attended the luncheon. Two years ago, the Sperrys joined Broadview University to help raise money and awareness for community partner Warrior’s Promise Foundation. The nonprofit organization has a program for veterans designed to help them get a service dog.

Broadview University is a Yellow Ribbon, military-friendly school—proudly serving active-duty, reservists, retired military personnel and their family member in their pursuit of a college degree. A little more than 20 percent of the Boise campus’s student population is made up of military veterans.Broadview University’s five campuses—including the four in Utah—provide higher education opportunities for more than 2,000 military students. This includes service members, spouses and dependent children. The Boise campus awarded more than $180,000 in military scholarships in 2012, and so far in 2013, more than $160,000 has been awarded.


Michelle, a student in the medical administrative assistant program, served in the U.S. Army. Her husband, Stephen, is also a military veteran.

In addition to honoring its students, staff members and community partners who served, the campus showed attendees a slideshow of a few military-focused projects it has participated in within the community. Along with hosting a $1,300-raising dog and car wash benefit for Warrior’s Promise Foundation, the campus also helped build a dream home for a wounded Marine. Lance Corporal Randal Wright—a triple amputee who was wounded in Afghanistan after stepping on an IED in 2010—was given a home by a group called Homes for Our Troops.

“Broadview University has a great deal of respect for our community’s military service members,” Cynthianna Hamrick, the campus’s financial aid manager, said. “We appreciate the service they have provided to our country and honor the sacrifices they have made. Everything our campus does reflects that gratitude.”

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