Tyson Voelkel ’96, president and CEO of the Texas A&M Foundation and a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, commended Albers and his company for setting a positive philanthropic example for other former students.
“This university was founded as a military school and has military ties throughout, so the Aggie community has always welcomed veterans to campus with open arms,” Voelkel said. “But our student veterans deserve more than a warm welcome. They deserve directed resources and support to help them find their footing and opportunities to give back to their country in meaningful ways. John Albers and his team have pulled out all the stops to ensure they find that at Texas A&M.”
“John Albers represents the very best of the Aggie Spirit and our core values,” added Vice President for Student Affairs BG Joe E. Ramirez Jr. ’79, USA (Ret.). “He served our nation with distinction for 24 years in the United States Marine Corps and is now dedicating his time and resources to fellow veterans at Texas A&M—serving those who, like him, have served us all. This generous gift will benefit Aggie veteran students for years to come and will undoubtedly have a lasting impact on their lives. It is a true testament to the commitment to others and selfless service that John Albers demonstrates every day. He is an example for all of us to follow.”
The VRSC plans to use distributions from Albers Aerospace’s gift to create an endowed staff position for a hardworking team member to advise student veterans at Texas A&M and manage the assessment program that Albers helped develop and implement.
“We’re not just doing this for the student veterans,” Albers added. “We’re doing it for our kids, our grandkids and our country. There’s only so much we can do in our own little circles, but if we can help these students—who have already demonstrated the willingness to sacrifice for others—to become the best versions of themselves, that impact will ripple throughout future generations.”
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