About the Park Warrior CenterAs part of Park's Department for Military and Veteran Student Services, the Park Warrior Center provides information and resources for service members and veterans transitioning out of the military. The PWC helps veterans on such topics as education, employment, finances, relationships, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and transition. The Center's staff increase the ease with which military students and veterans can get information to enable them to move forward with their college careers.
The Park Warrior Center features laptops, a reference library, a relaxation station and other amenities to best serve the needs of service members, veterans, wounded warriors, family members, caregivers, dependents and spouses.
In late 2008 and early 2009, two pioneering donors, R. Crosby Kemper Jr., with UMB Bank, and Thomas Holcom, with Pioneer Services, embraced the idea of a center at Park serving wounded military members. Together, they provided $150,000 worth of start-up funding. In the spring of 2009, Park was one of 20 higher learning institutions in the country — and the only one in the Midwest — awarded a $100,000 Success for Veterans Award Grant from the American Council on Education and the Walmart Foundation, which was used to create the curriculum for veterans and wounded service members.
Together, these gifts gave Park the financial support to create the program, the services and the Center. Kemper and Holcom, along with Lt. Gen. Robert Arter, and his wife, contributed a painting for the PWC's office.
Members of the Park community and the public are encouraged to donate military memorabilia, military patches, photos, books about the military, textbooks or other items to be displayed in the Park Warrior Center. Photos of service members or family members in uniform can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Memorabilia or patches for display can be dropped off in the PWC during regular business hours or mailed to: Park Warrior Center, Park University, 8700 N.W. River Park Drive, Box 129, Parkville, MO 64152.
The Park Warrior Center helps inform students about their educational benefits, works with students being deployed or returning from a tour of duty, helps with access to health care and counseling services, assists with employment searches and provide references or assistance in anything else the veteran requires. The new department and facility enable the Center to reach out to more veterans and better accommodate those who come seeking assistance.
"More than anything else, the Park Warrior Center is a really important place for people to get to know each other and rely on each other for help and support. It's also a community. It's a common space for the student veterans. When people join the military or become a veteran, they are part of a big family, and families take care of each other."
Director of Military and Veteran Student Services