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Aurora University students start new group to help support local military personnel and veterans

Posted by on September 12, 2012

Aurora University students start new group to help support local military personnel and veterans

AURORA, Ill. – A group of Aurora University students recently founded the Aurora University Veterans and Military Service Association (VMSA) in honor of LCpl. Kyle Moser. Moser is a 20-year- old local solider from Oswego, Ill., who lost both of his legs while serving in Afghanistan.

The VMSA will host its first fundraiser during the AU home football opener on September 15, 2012, at 1 p.m. when the Spartans take on Alma College. The fundraiser is open to the public and all donations collected will benefit Moser.

“We want to help Kyle with his future living needs,” said Mary Bellomo, AU graduate student and VMSA co-founder. “His greatest concern is being able to make his home wheelchair accessible and we hope to assist him with that.”

“We are pleased and proud to have the opportunity to support Kyle and the VMSA,” said Head Football Coach Mark Walsh. “The sensitivity we have for all of our veterans and the debt of gratitude owed to them is tremendous. Having the ability to help such a worthy cause is humbling for our program.”

The VMSA is in its fledging stages, but its members hope that the spirit of this group will inspire AU students and the surrounding community to remember the lives that are forever changed by military service.

“Raising awareness about the unique needs of veterans is extremely important,” Bellomo said. “Transitioning from military life back to a civilian life is often very difficult, so awareness is essential for communities to help their veterans transition successfully.”

Through annual service projects and fundraising events, VMSA members hope to continue supporting local military personnel and veterans, each year choosing a different solider in need.

Anyone unable to attend the upcoming fundraiser, but interested in donating, can mail donations to:

Aurora University
ATTN: Kristie Brendel
Alumni Hall 113
347 S. Gladstone Ave.
Aurora, IL 60506

For more information, contact the VMSA at

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