News, Media and Stories | Veterans

Alumni & friends rise to the occasion to support Lead On: The Campaign for Tomorrow at Pacific University. Pacific University recently completed its most successful year of giving in school history, with donors contributing gifts and pledges totaling nearly $12.4 million between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018.
Marine veteran and Pacific University public health major Irisa Grimes '17 has created a pilot program to provide better health services for transgender veterans.
First-year seminar students paint the spirit bench in honor of veterans. 
Harley Kelley '55 came to Pacific to study journalism, but left with a pre-med major. A surgeon, Kelley was drafted into Vietnam and later returned to the Army after a career in private practice. Today, he volunteers his medical skills in his community and volunteers with World War II veterans on the Honor Flight.
Debbie (Kerlinger) O'Dea '06 found a home at Pacific — one so caring that she strives to create the same experience for other students.
In 2010, Pacific magazine featured stories from World War II, including the memories of a service flag that had been lost. This spring, the flag was re-discovered.
Brad Evans MS ’02, PsyD ’05 established his own psychological practice to serve active duty military, veterans, and their families. Evans, who has served in the Air Force, Army, and Army Reserves, answers questions about his drive to support fellow veterans.
Katey Schultz MFA ’08 is the author of Flashes of War, a compilation of short fiction stories about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Go behind the scenes to learn how she wrote the book and how Pacific’s MFA Program helped.
Doug Keller MAT ’14 was inspired to military service by his father’s dramatic rescue from an Indonesian concentration camp in World War II. After a military career, he turned to Pacific for a second career as a teacher. But soon after graduation, he suffered a near-fatal bike injury. His tenacious spirit, however, keeps driving him forward.
As a federal judge, Pacific Hall-of-Famer Rick Carnaroli ’80 has an inside look at the legal system. That’s why he helped establish a veterans treatment court to serve the veterans falling through the cracks.

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