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Former Dartmouth President James Wright, a leader in supporting today's veterans, will join speakers at Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day 2009

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 11/10/09 • Media Contact: Roland Adams (603) 646-3661

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James Wright
James Wright, President Emeritus of Dartmouth

James Wright, President Emeritus of Dartmouth, will be among speakers to a crowd expected to number in the thousands on Wednesday at an annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Wright, a former U.S. Marine who during his Dartmouth presidency (1998-2009) became very active in helping create opportunities for current veterans to pursue higher education, was invited to participate in the event by the sponsoring Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, now in its 30th year. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at The Wall, as the memorial is known.

"I am honored to be asked to join with family, friends and others to remember those who served and died during the Vietnam War," Wright said. "This is a powerful and moving memorial, one that quietly reminds us of the sacrifices of these men and women."

Wright has been visiting U.S. military medical facilities in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere around the country since 2005, encouraging injured service members to continue their education. He subsequently led the creation and funding of an educational counseling program for wounded U.S. veterans, "Severely Injured Military Veterans: Fulfilling their Dreams," that is now being offered through the American Council on Education (ACE).

He also worked with U.S. Senators Jim Webb and John Warner of Virginia and others to help craft an updated version of the GI Bill that passed Congress in 2008, bringing new educational benefits to current veterans.

Wright will bring to his remarks not only the viewpoint of a veteran and a former college president interested in the needs of modern veterans, but also the perspective of a professional historian specializing in U.S. political history. He joined the Dartmouth faculty in 1969 as a member of the college's history department, and is now the institution's Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History as well as president emeritus.

For complete background on the Veterans Day event at The Wall, see the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund website.

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