Coastal Carolina named Purple Heart University
Coastal Carolina University has been designated a Purple Heart University by the Military Order of the Purple Heart. As part of this honor, CCU has added three parking spaces at selected locations on campus that are reserved for the University’s Purple Heart recipients.
“I am extremely proud of the Coastal Carolina Chapter of the Student Veterans of America for getting this bill approved,” said Denny Powers, director of CCU’s Office of Student Veterans Services.
The Purple Heart is the nation’s oldest military award, introduced as the “Badge of Military Merit” by Gen. George Washington in 1782. It is one of the most respected medals that U.S. military members can receive. Since 1917, the decoration has been awarded by the President to those wounded or killed in service. These individuals are honored nationally every year on Purple Heart Day, Aug. 7.
CCU’s Office of Veterans Services was created in 2015 to better serve the growing veteran and veteran family member population on campus.
“Our mission is to assist veterans in making the transition to college from the military and the transition to the workforce after college; to utilize the Veterans Success Team to retain and graduate veterans and their family members; and to conduct training for staff and faculty on veterans’ issues,” according to the CCU website.