USF's Dedication to Veterans

USF dedicates Veterans Achievement Center with support from Birdies for the Brave.


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TAMPA, Fla. (Aug. 31, 2012) The Veterans Achievement Center, a gathering and study space designed to support the student veterans enrolled at the University of South Florida Tampa campus, is now officially open.


The dedication of the 3,000 square foot center took place Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in the John and Grace Allen Building. Special guests from the Birdies for the Brave Tampa Bay Foundation, as well as military, community and campus dignitaries, attended the ceremony and University President Judy unveiled the official plaque.


The Veterans Achievement Center was made possible in part through support from the Birdies for the Brave Tampa Bay Foundation.  Birdies for the Brave is the PGA Tour Charity Group’s primary vehicle for supporting the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. This effort is done through fundraising events at Tournament Players Clubs around the United States as well as several Heritage Golf Clubs.


“The Birdies for the Brave Tampa Bay Foundation is most pleased to support the ongoing efforts of USF to ensure that veterans and active duty service members feel welcomed and supported on campus,” said Foundation Chairman Tom Gates. “These men and women have made sacrifices in their service to our country.  Our foundation is dedicated to honoring those veterans that are taking a step toward making a better life for themselves and their families.” 


“USF is proud to serve our growing student veteran population with dedicated campus personnel, onsite Veterans Administration representation, special course offerings, and social programs—all focused on easing the transition from military life to campus life,” said Larry Braue, director of the Office of Veterans Services.  “With the addition of the Veterans Achievement Center, we now have a destination for this valued group to enjoy the camaraderie of fellow veterans, academic resources, and the support of our office.”


Additionally, donations from Aaron’s, Inc. and the Tampa Bay Chapter of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club provided funding to support the purchase of electronics and appliances for the center.


USF currently ranks as the fifth most veteran friendly university in the nation according to Military Edge magazine.