by Jonathan Rook
Many student veterans have wondered why there are no military-related organizations on campus.
The answer is simple. Pellissippi State’s President Dr. Allen Edwards, who served in artillery himself said, “There have been many organizations for veterans throughout the years. The problem is that when the student members graduate, there is no leadership left to maintain an active organization.”
He also pointed out that this was the case for previous honor societies as well. There has even been an outdoor club that had 70 members, but once the members graduated no one kept the club up and running for other students to consider.
There are hundreds of veterans or future military members that pass through Pellissippi annually. These students could greatly benefit from either a ROTC or veterans program that would substantially contribute to their career.