MilVets respond to heckling at ROTC hearing
The U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University released a statement regarding the publicity surrounding the treatment of student and Purple Heart recipient Anthony Maschek at last week’s ROTC hearing. While MilVets shares a “sense of indignation” about the heckling by anti-ROTC activists, the organization does not place blame on the Columbia community and “professes its full confidence” in Columbia’s support for individuals in or retired from the armed forces. Full release after the jump.
“Columbia Milvets” Student-veterans organization supports university in wake of ROTC controversy
New York, NY – February 22, 2011 – Last week’s heckling of Columbia University student and Purple Heart recipient Anthony Maschek by anti-ROTC activists triggered outrage across the country. The U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University organization (of which Mr. Maschek, an ROTC supporter, is an active member), shares this sense of indignation.
Nevertheless, following the media controversy engendered by this event, Milvets wishes to state that the disrespectful conduct of a few individuals in no way reflects the consensus attitude of Columbia students and faculty toward the student-veteran population. On the contrary, its enthusiastic support of military veterans is precisely the reason why Columbia now hosts the largest veteran population of any Ivy League institution: 340 in total, over 200 of whom are undergraduates.
To those everywhere who have been following this story, and especially to fellow veterans considering the pursuit of higher education at Columbia, Milvets professes its full confidence in the Columbia academic community’s ongoing support for military men and women. The disgraceful actions of a few individuals should not be used to condemn Columbia’s aggregate, of which so many proud veterans themselves are part.
U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University (“Milvets”) is an organization of 140 members comprising every service branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. More information can be found at our blog, http://columbiamilvets.blogspot.com, or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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