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Kyle L. Kostelecky<br />
Director, Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher EducationThanks for stopping by! As Director of the Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I am delighted that you’ve decided to explore our website and check us out. If you are a veteran, family member, or friend of a veteran, thank you for your service to our country and your sacrifice. All of you have played an important role in preserving our freedom. As a Navy and Army veteran myself, I know that my family and friends played a critical support role for me during my service.

With every passing day, we are one step closer to opening in the Fall of 2015! A few more finishing touches on the building, some final details with our services and programming – before you know it, our doors will be open and we will be helping student veterans and their families realize new and unimaginable dreams! See if you can find yourself somewhere in our Vision and Mission:

  • Our Vision is to empower disabled student veterans and their families to realize their potential through a world-class education experience that prepares them to lead fulfilling, meaningful, and maximally independent lives.
  • The Center’s Mission is to provide transformative educational innovations, research breakthroughs, best practice models, and product developments that support disabled student veteran health and full participation in society.

Please spend some time wandering around our Web site. We are going to be doing some pretty remarkable things at the Center. All of it is based on a long history of leadership in disability services, a passionate commitment to serve our nation’s veterans and their families from an individual and personal perspective, and in the context of a transformative learning experience from one of the world’s leading universities. There are many reasons why our campus might be the perfect fit for you, like our designation as a Paralympic Training Site and other competitive sports opportunities; a thriving student veteran community; top graduation and employment rates for students with disabilities; a veteran focused academic and transition support system; broad and deep educational opportunities at the undergraduate, professional, and graduate levels in just about anything that you can imagine; and many others. If you are a veteran with a disability who is looking for a place where you can take the next step in making a significant and visible societal impact, look no further. The Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the place for you!

Personally, I would love for you to make a visit and check it out for yourself. All you have to do is ask and we’ll show you what it means to be a proud member of the Fighting Illini Family.

Again, thank you for your interest and after you’ve looked around a bit, let me know if you have any questions. I’d be happy to answer them (kylek@illinois.edu).

Cheers,
Kyle L. Kostelecky
Director, Chez Family Foundation Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education

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