Student veteran donates American flag flown over U.S. Capitol to BHSU-RC

Author: BHSU Communications/Tuesday, September 1, 2015/Categories: 2015





   

   

   

       

           

       

       

           Joshua Kosola, business administration - human resources management major originally from Newell and co-founder of the Vet&rsquos Club at Black Hills State University-Rapid City, organized the donation of an American flag to BHSU-RC honoring South Dakota veterans. The flag was flown over the U.S. Capitol.    

       

   



An American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol honoring veterans in the state of South Dakota will find a new home at Black Hills State University-Rapid City, thanks to the Student Veteran&rsquos Club at BHSU-RC.

Joshua Kosola, business administration - human resources management major originally from Newell and co-founder of the Vet&rsquos Club at BHSU-RC, said the Vet&rsquos Club worked with Sen. John Thune several years ago to fly the flag over the U.S. Capitol honoring South Dakota veterans. Kosola and the Vet&rsquos Club donated the flag to BHSU to serve as a memorial at BHSU-RC thanking current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces who visit the building.

"With the large veteran population taking classes at the BHSU-RC campus, this flag will remind students they&rsquore an integral part of our academic setting. Seeing the flag will make their day better," said Kosola.

Kosola served in the South Dakota Army National Guard from 2000-2006, deploying to Iraq in 2003 and 2004. He and his unit received the Combat Action Badge in response to a direct attack on Easter Sunday in 2000 and the Meritorious Unit Commendation Award for serving above and beyond the call of duty.

When Kosola decided to return to college in 2012, he knew he wanted to help fellow veterans access their services and benefits leading him to co-found the Vet&rsquos Club.

"It&rsquos been my passion to help veteran students stay involved in their education leading to a sense of pride and accomplishment," said Kosola. "So many people in South Dakota have served or have a friend or family member with a military connection. We&rsquore doing our part to make sure their service is honored."

BHSU has a large number of veteran students and is consistently recognized nationally for service to military students. The University was recently named to the 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media for the fifth consecutive year. BHSU has also been named to the Military Times "Best for Vets: Business Schools" in 2013 and 2014. It has also made the Military Times "Best for Vets: Colleges" two years in a row. BHSU-Rapid City offers a special tuition rate that is fully reimbursable with the military educational allowance. To the student, there is no cost. This new tuition reimbursement rate was put in place as a pilot program in Rapid City last year and has now been extended statewide at the higher education centers.
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