Liberty University was recognized as Virginia’s first Purple Heart University this week, receiving the honor from the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) in recognition of Liberty’s support of military veterans and their families.
The university now has “Purple Heart University” signs located at entrances to campus, while also reserving a parking space near close to the Veterans Center at the university for “Purple Heart recipients and all others who have been wounded during combat while serving in the U.S. armed forces.”
Liberty University President Jerry Falwell signed a resolution on Thursday which made the designation official. Approximately 40 colleges and universities across the nation hold the honor.
President Falwell says the designation is a huge honor, and met with local veterans to thank them for their service.
“Liberty is so proud and honored that you recognized us in this way,” he said. “We have always prided ourselves in being a military friendly university. About 30 percent of all of our students have some connection to the military, and 30,000 are in our online program; it’s the only way a lot of them can get their education. It’s something we’re very proud of.”
“We owe our freedom to you, and we can’t say often enough and we can’t honor you enough to ever do it justice, the way you’ve served our country. Thank you,” Falwell concluded.
Jesse MacDonald, a combat wounded veteran and current student at then university says he is grateful for the support.
“The support for veterans at this university is immense,” he said. “It makes me feel like this school cares about veterans to a degree that nobody else in this immediate areas does.”
MacDonald says the university’s recognition as a Purple Heart University speaks to the school’s dedication to supporting members of the military and their families both during and after their service.
“There are a lot of different problems that our demographic and our generation faces, and I see a longing of the administration here to help alleviate some of those things that come along with being a veteran,” MacDonald said. “This parking space helps to show the commitment level of Liberty University to combat-wounded veterans.”
“Liberty University is definitely the place to be,” MacDonald continued. “Any veterans looking into schools should consider Liberty because of their strong support. The school has invested a great deal into veterans, and I cannot say enough about the support I receive here.”
Liberty University is the largess Christian university in the world, and is located in Lynchburg, Virginia.