While celebrating the Fourth of July this extended holiday weekend, be sure to take a moment to thank our nation’s veterans and military for their service. Show them that their sacrifices – and the sacrifices of their families – have not gone unnoticed and are appreciated each day.
At St. Petersburg College, we celebrate the freedom and opportunities our veterans have to explore educational opportunities. Ranked as a Top Military-Friendly College or University in 2014 by Military Advanced Education magazine, our four Veterans Service Student Support Advisors are here to serve those who serve by helping answer questions about veterans’ education benefits, VA deferments and more.
Nearly all the SPC Veterans Service staff are veterans or have veterans in their families. They understand the hardships often faced by our veteran students and are prepared to assist them in any way possible.
This year, the Florida Legislature passed the Florida G.I. Bill, which waives out-of-state tuition fees for honorably discharged veterans, no matter where they live.
“This bill means that all veterans, regardless of home state, may share equally in the promise of an education,” said Jeff Cavanagh, Director of Veterans Services at St. Petersburg College.
Our Veterans Services staff shared this message from President Barack Obama:
Hi everybody. I hope you all had a safe and happy Fourth of July, filled with parades, cookouts, fireworks and family reunions.
We celebrated at the White House with a few hundred members of the military and their families. And we took a moment amid the festivities to remember what our Independence Day is all about – what happened 237 years ago, and what it meant to the world.
On July 4th, 1776, a small band of patriots declared that we were a people created equal – free to think and worship and live as we please. It was a declaration heard around the world – that we were no longer colonists, we were Americans, and our destiny would not be determined for us; it would be determined by us.
It was a bold and tremendously brave thing to do. It was also nearly unthinkable. At that time, kings and princes and emperors ruled the world. But those patriots were certain that a better way was possible. And to achieve it – to win their freedom – they were willing to lay it all on the line. Their lives. Their fortunes. Their sacred honor.
They fought a revolution. Few would have bet on our side to win. But for the first of many times to come, America proved the doubters wrong.
And now, 237 years later, the United States – this improbable nation – is the greatest in the world. A land of liberty and opportunity. A global defender of peace and freedom. A beacon of hope to people everywhere who cherish those ideals.
Generations of Americans made our country what it is today – farmers and teachers, engineers and laborers, entrepreneurs and elected leaders – people from all walks of life, from all parts of the world, all pulling in the same direction.
And now we, the people, must make their task our own – to live up to the words of that Declaration of Independence, and secure liberty and opportunity for our own children, and for future generations.
I want to say a special word of thanks to the men and women of our military, who have played such a vital role in the story of our nation. You have defended us at home and abroad. And you have fought on our nation’s behalf to make the world a better, safer place. People in scattered corners of the world are living in peace today, free to write their own futures, because of you. We are grateful for your service and your sacrifice, especially those still serving in harm’s way and your families here at home.
So, God bless you all. And may God bless the United States of America.Celebrating our independence through education