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Jeffery Foley is Union’s Keynote Veterans in Union Speaker

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General Jeffrey W. Foley, will Keynote Union’s 2016 Veterans in Union Celebration on June 29

Jeffrey W. Foley

CEO | President of Loral Mountain Solutions

Jeffrey W. Foley, Brigadier General United States Army (Retired) and CEO/President of Loral Mountain Solutions will deliver the keynote speech at the 2016 Union Institute & University Veterans in Union Celebration on June 29, 2016. The Cincinnati native and renowned leadership expert will share leadership lessons and encourage the veterans, now students at Union Institute & University, to continue to grow and make a difference in the lives of others.

President Roger H. Sublett invited General Foley to address the veterans. “General Foley’s commitment to lifelong learning, service, and leadership mirrors Union’s ongoing mission to engage, enlighten, and empower adults as they pursue a lifetime of learning, service, and social responsibility.” 

General Foley will also laud the success of the Veterans in Union program initiated in 2015 with an anonymous grant of $293,000 that provides a $7500 living allowance stipend for eligible  Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana veterans to earn or complete their degree. Currently, 15 veterans are enrolled in the program. In addition, the announcement of a new grant of $150,000 will be made. This grant combined with the initial $293,000 grant in 2015 totals  $443,000 available to veterans.

Foley served his country for over 32 years in the United States Army leading soldiers in war and peace. His journey began in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he was born and raised. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. Throughout his military career he served in leadership positions around the world, in constantly changing environments, adapting to new organizations, all the time focused on the accomplishment of the mission and taking care of people. In his final assignment, he served as the Commanding General and Chief of the Army’s Signal Corps and Fort Gordon, Georgia. 

General Foley holds master’s degrees in computer systems and national security and strategic studies. For more than 30 years, he was an active member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Association of the U.S. Army, and the Army Signal Corps Regimental Association. He serves on the Board of Directors for Leadership Augusta, Georgia Bank and Trust, the Executive Board for the Georgia-Carolina Council for Boy Scouts of America, the Central Savannah River Area Alliance for Fort Gordon, and the National Board for Lead Like Jesus, an organization co-founded by Ken Blanchard, co-author of The One Minute Manager. He was named Leadership Augusta’s Outstanding Leader in 2008.

In 2015, Union Institute & University bestowed upon him the Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa, the university’s highest honor.

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New Union Veterans Partnership Announced

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Union Institute & University Veterans in Union program is a partner with the new Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI). The initiative is reaching out to veterans in an economic liaison in 53 communities around the United States that is building a network of private and public organizations that offer resources for veteran education, career skills training and employment.

Union Institute & University Veterans in Union program is a partner with the new Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI). The initiative is reaching out to veterans in an economic liaison in 53 communities around the United States that is building a network of private and public organizations that offer resources for veteran education, career skills training and employment.

"It is an honor to join with the Veterans Economic Communities Initiative to reach out to veterans to let them know the country is grateful for their service,” said Geri Maples, Union Institute & University Veteran Services Coordinator.

The Veterans in Union program was launched in 2015 with the goal to recognize and honor the sacrifices made by our veterans in service to our country, and commit to their success by establishing both a site-based and a virtual veteran’s center.

Since the launch, one veteran has graduated and 15 are enrolled in various degree programs.

Other Veterans in Union partnerships include the Ohio National Guard, area congressional offices, the Ohio State Military One Source/Inter-Service Family Assistance program, the Brain Health Center, and more. Union is listed in the top 25 percent ranking of Military Friendly Schools; listing on the U.S. Department of Education’ Eight Keys to Veterans’ Success site; and part of a very critical two-year independently funded agreement with the Cincinnati Veterans Affairs office for on-site VITAL counseling services. 

The Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) is part of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald’s department-wide push to extend Veterans Affairs’ reach of services. Launched in May 2015, VECI is part of Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald’s department-wide push to extend Veterans Affairs’ reach of services. 

Rosye Cloud, VA’s Senior Advisor for Veteran Employment said the initiative will make it easier for veterans to take advantage of their benefits. “Too often veterans are unaware of the VA benefits they have earned. VECI is a coherent strategy to reach our veterans and let them know about employment and education benefits.” 

“The best way to get things done for veterans is to involve partners from both the public and private sectors – national to local,” McDonald wrote. “If history has shown us anything, it’s that all you have to do is give veterans an opportunity and they will go beyond anything you could ever envision.”

Learn more about Union’s Veteran’s in Union program