Central Illinois leaders – particularly those at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois – celebrated the opening of a wounded veterans' service center while honoring their sacrifices.

A UI dean, Tanya Gallagher, said, “We are stepping forward once again, as we did in 1948, when we were the first – and for years the only – higher education institution to provide accommodations for injured World War II veterans, enabling them to take advantage of the GI Bill.

“The center is a unique, one-stop, state-of-the-art facility,” Gallagher continued. “It is a national resource, providing comprehensive, individualized student supports for student veterans with disabiliteis and their families.”

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Congressman Rodney Davis, joking about twisting his ankle while playing football recently, used the phrase “a game of inches” to take a serious turn.

“Inches define every student who is going to take advantage of this facility,” he said. “The inches many of these heroes have faced in their recovery are heroic.”

When it was over, the Marching Illini played, and the people who participated in the ceremony cut a big orange and blue ribbon.
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