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Univ. of Alabama celebrates new veterans affairs office

Community members gather for the grand opening of the university's Office of Veteran and Military Affairs. Source: WBRC video Community members gather for the grand opening of the university's Office of Veteran and Military Affairs. Source: WBRC video
The university also unveiled a plaque that salutes 45 veterans from Tuscaloosa County who gave their lives during WWI. Source: WBRC video The university also unveiled a plaque that salutes 45 veterans from Tuscaloosa County who gave their lives during WWI. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

The University of Alabama is helping veterans past and present with the unveiling of a new memorial and the grand opening of a veterans support office.

The University of Alabama had a ribbon cutting for its new Office of Veteran and Military Affairs Friday. Among other issues, employees will help veterans navigate campus life and help them understand and make the best use of their VA benefits.

The university also unveiled a plaque that salutes 45 veterans from Tuscaloosa County who gave their lives during WWI. That plaque will be placed near Denny Chimes.

These are just some of the efforts to show the importance the university places on those who serve and have served in the military.

"Today is the grand opening and so all the presentations that I just mentioned, from the WWI memorial, the American Fallen Soldier project, and honoring all our community partners are just part of final ceremony of cutting the ribbon and announcing welcome home all veterans, dependants and service members here at UA," Alex Karagas of the UA Office of Veterans and Military Affairs said.

About 3,000 veterans either attend the university, work there or have children who are students there.

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