Plymouth State has seen many changes over the past 40 years, but none more profound than the way veterans are viewed and treated, according to a longtime faculty member who has been a veterans advocate at Plymouth State since the Vietnam era.
|PSU Business Professor Bruce Wiggett|
Business Professor Bruce Wiggett, a Plymouth native and Navy veteran, spoke November 10 at the University’s Veterans Day commemoration about the changing perception of veterans on campus. Wiggett said when he enrolled at Plymouth State after his military service he was reticent to talk about it.
“When I was first here, you didn’t admit you were a veteran. It was not a pleasant time…many of our veterans were booed or even spit upon as they were coming back; very rarely did you see young men or women in uniform as we do today,” said Wiggett.
“They say time heals all, and I think that was the case with the Vietnam era. Thankfully today, returning vets are treated with honor and respect that they so dearly deserve…it is a pleasure to see that on campus after what we experienced years earlier.”
The ceremony was attended by more than 50 faculty, staff and students, as well as the University’s R.O.T.C. Color guard unit and local N.H. Army National Guard troops.
The event was held at PSU’s Veterans Common, which features a brick-lined circular walk with granite monuments inscribed with the seals of military service branches. The Veterans Common was built last year, culminating a decades-long goal of Phi Beta Upsilon, a fraternity which was started by veterans, including Wiggett, in the early 1970s. Wiggett asked the crowd to thank veterans for their service, which is he called ‘an honorable commitment.’
“Remember, a veteran is someone who in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America, for an amount up to and including their life….that’s honor,” Wiggett said.
Currently, there are about 75 veterans attending PSU.
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