COLUMBIA — Two individuals will receive the U.S. Department of Defense's second-highest civilian award Monday for their efforts to establish the MU Veterans Center.
Carol Fleisher, MU Veterans Center director, and Daniel Sewell, former Mizzou Student Veterans Association president and Student Veterans of America national vice president, were nominated by U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Ann E. Rondeau for their work with veterans on campus and in the community. They will receive the Outstanding Public Service Award, which consists of a silver medal, a miniature medal, a rosette and a citation signed by the secretary of defense.
The award ceremony is from 2 to 3 p.m. in Stotler Lounge, in Memorial Union at MU, and is open to the public.
Fleisher said the MU Veterans Center was one of the first three such centers to be formed in the U.S., and its establishment in 2008 helped to raise awareness of student veterans' needs at other universities as well.
"This is a fantastic national recognition of the work Carol and Dan, and the University, have done for veterans and service members," MU spokesperson Christian Basi said.
Speakers at the event will include Ann Korschgen, MU vice provost of enrollment management, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and Dalton Wright, civilian aide to the secretary of the Army.
"Anyone who wants to come to the event and help recognize these individuals is welcome," Basi said.