Veterans Day is a time to honor PSU's veterans

Fri, Nov 8, 2019

Dear Campus Community:

We celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, an important occasion when we honor the sacrifice and service of all those who have served the nation in the armed services. It’s also an opportunity to reflect on the history of Portland State, which was founded as Vanport Extension Center in 1946 primarily for returning veterans of World War II. 

Vanport’s founding President Stephen Epler sought to create educational opportunities for veterans made possible by the federal G.I. Bill of 1944. As Epler said in his inspirational letter to students during their first year: 

“Education is a form of wealth that bankruptcy or depression cannot destroy … The G.I. Bill of Rights is perhaps the greatest advancement American democracy and education have made in this century. Vanport College, with its 90 percent veteran enrollment, is a direct result of this forward step.” 

That legacy continues today at Portland State, which is the education home for more than 800 veterans. They are vital members of our campus community, and we support both former and active-duty military service members with PSU’s Veterans Resource Center, the VetsSuccess program in addition to a wide array of other programs and resources open to all of our undergraduates, graduates and employees.   

Please join me in honoring and appreciating the veterans in our campus community — faculty, staff, students and administrators. Educating and working with those who served our country is an important part of our history and fundamental to our mission and future.  

Thank you,

Stephen Percy
Interim President