Henry Damron of Edmonton has been selected as the 2015 Veterans Upward Bound Alumnus of the Year. Damron received the award at VUB’s annual awards banquet last week at the Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green.
Damron completed the VUB program in 2003 and graduated from WKU with a double major in Religious Studies and Philosophy in 2004. He also has an associate degree from Elizabethtown Community College and he is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene.
A native of Campbellsville, Damron joined the United States Marine Corps shortly after graduating from high school in 1988. He served for 10 years in the Marines as an aircraft structures and hydraulics mechanic working on Harrier jump jets. A combat veteran, Damron was deployed for the Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Desert Fox campaigns. During his last four years in the USMC, he was an instructor in aviation maintenance.
Damron works full-time at Metcalfe County High School where he teaches English, advanced placement language and aeronautics. Regarding his philosophy about education, Damron said, “I believe that education is the key to success. It is becoming increasingly difficult to earn a living in our nation apart from a good, solid educational foundation. I know there are examples of those who have had great success with little or no formal education. However, these are the rare exceptions and not the rule.”
Recently, Damron was selected as the Metcalfe County school district’s “Teacher of the Year.” Shortly after receiving this prestigious award, he contacted VUB to thank the program for helping him along the way. “During my time at WKU, I was privileged to benefit from the VUB program,” he said in an email. “Without the help, I doubt I would have been able to complete the course of study. Thank you for all you do for our veterans. Your work makes a difference and is making an impact beyond just the vets you serve. Semper Fi!”
About Veterans Upward Bound at WKU: VUB is a free educational program for veterans that helps them get admitted to college so they can get the education they need to get a good job and have a good quality of life. It is the only program of its kind in Kentucky. Since coming to WKU in 1992, VUB has helped more than 2,500 student veterans go to college. For more information, visit www.wku.edu/vub or the VUB Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vubwku
Contact: Rick Wright, (270) 745-5008.