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Veterans Upward Bound tutor elected Student Veterans Alliance president

Veterans Upward Bound Tutor Joe Hunter of Bowling Green has been elected as the new president for WKU’s Student Veterans Alliance.

Joe Hunter (with his wife, Lynzie) was elected president of WKU's Student Veterans Alliance.

Joe Hunter (with his wife, Lynzie) was elected president of WKU’s Student Veterans Alliance.

Hunter works part-time for VUB teaching math, English and computer literacy in the project’s “vet-to-vet” tutoring program. He graduated from VUB in 2013 and joined the SVA in that same year. Hunter served as vice president for the SVA in 2014. He has also been a student senator at WKU.

Hunter was unanimously elected at the SVA’s annual banquet Friday (Feb. 19) at the American Legion Post in Bowling Green.

“I am proud to have been elected president of the Student Veterans Alliance,” Hunter said. “I plan to use the experience and connections I’ve gained from national Student Veterans of America leadership conferences to best serve our student veterans here at Western Kentucky University. It is my vision that we will increase and retain the membership of our student veterans through more outreach programs aimed at connecting student veterans with each other and with the services they need to succeed in higher education.”

Hunter is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering at WKU. An honor roll student, Hunter has won several national and local scholarships in recent years. In the community, he is a member of the Southern Kentucky Veterans Council and the VFW Post 1298 in Bowling Green.

“We are very proud of Joe,” said VUB Counselor Rick Wright. “He is one of the best and brightest students that has ever come through our program. I’m sure the SVA will benefit greatly from his experience, wisdom and extraordinary leadership ability.”

A veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Hunter received many decorations during his time in the service including the Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the Navy Unit Commendation. While in the Marines, Hunter was also selected for a special detachment in charge of providing interior security for President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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 VUB program in Kentucky. Since coming to WKU in 1992, VUB has helped more than 2,000 student veterans go to college. For information, visit www.wku.edu/vub or the VUB Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vubwku or call Rick Wright at (270) 745-5008.

Contact: Rick Wright, (270) 745-5008

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