President Philomena V. Mantella welcomed students, faculty and staff who have served in the U.S. armed forces or are currently serving to the 13th Annual Veterans Breakfast on November 10 at the Alumni House.
Mantella remarked that seeing her father and uncles serve in the military resonated deeply throughout her life.
“I think it inspires the work I do in a way that I really didn't know because I just was so profoundly impacted by the sacrifices that one family could make,” Mantella said. “They continued to live productive lives and continued to serve.
"I think that is so profound about our veterans. It’s your inclination, it’s in your DNA, to continue to serve. We are so proud to support you with our actions, not just our words.”
Also offering remarks with Mantella were guest speaker Jason Redman, a retired naval officer and former Navy SEAL; Shane Scherer, ’11 , GVSU’s new director of the Peter Secchia Military and Veteran Resource Center; and Nick Adams, a fellow in the Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy and a former Marine.