BOZEMAN – Montana State University is the first recipient of a new award that honors organizations for their impact on Montana.
For its service to the military, MSU received the “Impact Montana Organizational Award” during the Montana Military Community Appreciation Gala held Feb. 20 in Helena.
“Montana State University -- MSU and its president Waded Cruzado -- casted a vision several years ago to be an institutional leader in veteran support and career development,” Impact Montana founder and director Ryan Luchau wrote when he recommended MSU for the honor.
He added that “Brenda York has proven to be an innovator and leader in its capacity to support not only current veterans, but also older era veterans, as well. She has put in timeless effort and contributed knowledge unsurpassed in order to bring MSU to the forefront in regards to how veterans can succeed despite challenges.”
York is MSU’s director of Disability, Re-entry and Veteran Services.
The Montana Military Community Appreciation Galas was organized by the Lewis and Clark County Joining Community Forces Coalition. In addition to the organization award, the coalition honored an individual and community that are instrumental in supporting Montana’s military community. Those honorees were Sara Cease with Montana National Guard Youth Programs and Red Lodge, Montana’s first Military Community Support Coalition.
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