Mission Statement: Initiate, lead, and unify University of Missouri efforts to conduct research, provide education and programs, promote economic opportunity and facilitate well-being for veterans, service members, their families, and their communities.
Vision Statement: We demonstrate respect and commitment through nonpartisan efforts to serve all veterans, service members, families, and communities.
As we roll into our next fund-raising campaign, and as was promoted heavily at the first meeting of the campus-wide steering committee on September 27th, we will be searching for “big ideas” that can propel us toward a major gift that will transcend multiple divisions and disciplines on the campus and make a genuine difference in the lives of people locally and globally. I firmly believe that we have such an opportunity awaiting us – and that is a campus-wide, cooperative effort in addressing the needs of members of the military, military veterans, and their families. I also believe that if we do this right, and plan effectively by creating a vision and then a strategy for attaining it, we can attract the attention of potential sponsors/donors who will come forward with significant gifts. Among the many issues confronting those individuals and families are:
This Task Force will be charged with creating a vision and formulating a strategy for establishing a comprehensive, meaningful, and productive effort at MU geared at improving the quality of life of our military veterans and their families. In order to make this initiative work, the following conditions are absolutely essential (all of which we effected for the Autism initiative):