There are over 700 student veterans attending the University of Connecticut and many are highly involved in supporting the community from veteran outreach in downtown Hartford to setting up study sessions for biology students on campus. The Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs is committed to recognizing these students and has implemented a Veteran of the Month to honor those students that go that extra step in support of their fellow veterans, students, or community members.
We are pleased to recognize Aaron Jones as February’s Veteran of the Month. Aaron served in the Army as an Infantryman for 11 years with the Connecticut National Guard in support of operations Bosnia and Iraq. Aaron is a current student in the Masters of Social Work program and has a passion to assist other less fortunate veterans in the community. Currently, Aaron works with homeless veterans in Hartford, through the South Park Inn, to match them up with appropriate VA services and coordinates local outreach and activities that improve their quality of life.
Aaron was also awarded the Willis N. Hawley Service and Leadership Award by the UConn Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs. This award recognizes individual student veterans who have made significant contributions to the University community through leadership and service during their tenure as a student.
Excerpts reprinted with permission
Office of Veterans Affairs and Military Programs
Husky Veterans, Volume 1, Issue 6
February 7, 2014