NPC Dedicates Luciew Veterans Services Center

June Luciew standing at podium speaking to crowd.National Park College (NPC) hosted a formal dedication of the Bob Luciew Veterans Services Center Thursday. The Hot Springs World Class High School Color Guard presented the colors and NPC student Sarah Fitzsimmons, a veteran-dependent student, sang the national anthem.

NPC has 136 veterans or dependents of veterans enrolled this semester. NPC Dean of Students, John Tucker said the Veterans Center offers veterans and dependent students a home-based atmosphere. “It’s a place to unwind after class or to gear up for the next one, a place to grab a cup of coffee or a snack, a place to connect with fellow veteran students, a place to study and do homework,” he said. “I am thrilled that National Park College administration, board of trustees, faculty, and staff place such a high value on serving our students that have stood in the gap for all of us and served our great country,” added Tucker.

Veteran Affairs (VA) work-study and veteran-dependent student Robert Lawrence shared his experience of living overseas with his father and his move back to the United States two years ago. His father served 22 years in the military. As a dependent, Lawrence receives benefits from the VA. “Because of the private scholarships and VA benefits, coming to National Park College is possible,” said Lawrence. He explained how the VA center on campus gives him a quiet place to write papers and study for exams but also allows him to get support from his peers.

Mrs. June Luciew, widow of Bob Luciew, addressed the crowd. She shared Bob’s legacy of patriotism and the story of his time in the military and higher education. Bob spent 36 years working for the Veteran’s Administration. She commended the College for the tremendous support the campus provides to veteran students. She repeatedly thanked the veterans in attendance for their sacrifice. “I praise and admire all of you veterans and members of the military whether you are active or not.”