Retain Dr. Nicholas Osborne as UIUC Center for Wounded Veterans Director.
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Dear Dean Maxwell,
I think I can speak for almost all of the student veterans at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that Dr. Nicholas Osborne was not only instrumental in supporting the veterans who came to him for help and advice, but for making the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education the success it is today. As a recent graduate myself, I can say that he has always been there to encourage me during my academic career and has been an essential part of my success as well as the success of my fellow veterans on campus.
Therefore, I cannot understand why it is necessary to replace him. While I know that there are plans in the works to restructure the mission of the center under the College of Applied Health Sciences to focus more on the disabilities of veterans, I would like to ask if this is really necessary. Has the center not already been doing this? Wasn't this the reason the center was constructed in the first place?
Furthermore, I feel that inserting a new director without military experience that solely focuses on disabilities would only do the veterans at the center a disservice. While many veterans do have wounds, both visible and invisible, we do not focus on them - we overcome them. Veterans are warriors; we are never victims. As an officer of the United States Coast Guard himself, Dr. Osborne understood this. He uniquely understood the veterans he was charged with helping.
Thus, I am writing this petition in hopes that you will reconsider letting Dr. Osborne go. Hopefully you will be able to see that this sentiment is shared by many of the student veterans at UIUC.
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