Washburn University becomes first Purple Heart University in Kansas

Published: Nov. 9, 2017 at 5:44 PM CST
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Washburn University was honored Thursday for its commitment for veterans and members of the military.

The school was designated as the first Purple Heart University in Kansas. The Military Order of the Purple Heart presented the honor. The organization recognizes the men and women who received the Purple Heart medals for wounds suffered in combat.

One Purple Heart recipient and Washburn graduate says this new honor will help students on campus understand veterans, and may get them interested in serving.

"For them to understand that there are those among them that have received this very prestigious award, opportunities to talk with them about their service, maybe to give them the opportunity to ask questions if they are considering service to their nation, all of those things are very positive for Washburn University," said Chief Ron Brown, the Chief of Police for Topeka Public Schools.

The University says it is working to expand its support services for both current and former services members.