The Citadel Student Veterans Association
Dear Fellow Veterans, The Citadel SVA chapter
Hello all and welcome to your future with The Citadel. I want to congratulate you on your admission and your decision to attend this wonderful school. The Citadel promises a professional environment, an experienced staff, and state-of-the-art classrooms. Also, our veteran support staff is top notch and we’re within two miles of the VA hospital.
On another note, The Citadel is saturated in rich Charleston history and traditions. From the honorable Summerall Guards to the infamous Lesesne Gates, you’ll see how The Citadel has a significant and special place in the hearts of the locals. In 1861, the corps was called upon to defend South Carolina in the American Civil War. In fact, The Citadel was directly involved in first battle of the war, firing on the Union occupied Fort Sumter located in the Charleston harbor. Since then, members of the corps have selflessly volunteered in every single American war.
One tradition that has always attracted me to the school is the strict adherence to their honor code. The honor code, which is posted on a polished brass plaque in every entrance to every barrack, reads, “A cadet does not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do.” To a veteran student, this creates a classroom environment based on principles and professionalism. Veterans help to support this foundation by providing their own classroom professionalism and sharing experiences that can only come from military service.
Keep in mind that The Citadel Veterans Association was established to support veteran students in all interactions with the college itself. Any and all questions and concerns can be dealt with by our organization. We hope that your new academic career is fruitful, successful, and consistently challenging. Academia is your new commitment to yourself; it’s your new obligation. Remember the words of Gen. Robert E. Lee that still echo throughout the campus, “Duty is the sublimest word in the English language.”
Mr. Christopher Mueller
The Citadel Veterans Association, President
Romeo Co. Class of 2014