Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick visits Janet Manion Military and Veterans Center

Nov 12, 2013

Congressman Fitzpatrick meets with veterans

On Tuesday, Nov. 12, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick visited Delaware Valley to meet with military and veteran students.

The group met for lunch at the Janet Manion Military and Veterans Center to discuss veteran benefits, education, policy and jobs.

Students, as well as staff who work with veterans at the College, had a chance to sit with Congressman Fitzpatrick in a small group setting and ask questions about policies that impact veterans, education benefits, and internship and employment opportunities.

Joshua Byrnes ’17, an environmental science major and Navy veteran, was part of the group that met with Fitzpatrick. He moved to Doylestown from the Washington, D.C., area to attend the College because of the programs it offers for veterans. Byrnes is working at the Janet Manion Military and Veterans Center assisting other veterans while taking courses.

He would like to go into environmental policy some day and make changes to protect natural resources. Byrnes was really interested to hear about some of the internship opportunities at the event.

Fitzpatrick advised the students to make use of the educational benefits available to them. He told students to use their degrees to go out and do work that makes a difference like protecting the environment and starting new businesses that create jobs. He also advised those who plan to start businesses to hire other veterans when they become successful.

Fitzpatrick visits Manion Center

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick visits the Janet Manion Military and Veterans Center. From left: Congressman Fitzpatrick, DelVal MBA student Roberto Brabham, Associate Registrar Lucy Drenth, and Director of Military and Veterans Affairs Tom Kennedy