Chancellor Daniel Diermeier and Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs C. Cybele Raver paid tribute to the sacrifice and service of military veterans in a message to the Vanderbilt community.
“On this Veterans Day, we at Vanderbilt express our gratitude to all who have served in America’s military—particularly those who are members of our Vanderbilt community—and we are committed to doing more,” said Diermeier, who noted Vanderbilt programs that help veterans transition to civilian life, such as the Bass Military Scholars Program and the SkillBridge program, the latter a collaboration with the Department of Defense.
Raver described how the university is supporting future veterans by making today’s military stronger, working closely with soldiers to co-design technological solutions to real-world challenges and convening symposia and lectures on the subject of national security.
“While it is true that our debt to veterans can never fully be repaid, today we pause as a university and as a nation to say thank you—for your courage, for your sacrifice and for all you have given to Vanderbilt and to our country,” she said.
Vanderbilt is honoring the service of military veterans through a series of events, articles, videos, social media posts and more to commemorate Veterans Day 2023.
“You have shown what is possible when we come together in common purpose, build on our shared values, and commit to something greater than ourselves,” Diermeier said. “For this and more, today and every day, Vanderbilt says to veterans: Thank you.”