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CMU student veterans celebrate the new naming of the veterans lounge

On May 6, Colorado Mesa University student veterans and staff celebrated the naming of a veterans lounge after recommendations were made to the Naming and Recognition Committee.

The CMU Board of Trustees approved the naming of the Len Ladue Veterans Lounge, which was named in honor of Marine Vietnam veteran for the thoughtful, supporting role he’s played in the lives of CMU veterans and beyond.

“Len has dedicated his life to helping veterans all over the Western Slope and here at Colorado Mesa University. He has volunteered countless hours by bringing supplies, resources and food to CMU veteran students,” said CMU Veteran's Benefits Specialist Braydon Gear. “Len also made first year memberships for the Veterans of Foreign Wars free for student veterans to help them out financially.” 


Ladue served in the Marine Corps from 1969-1978, was the commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3981 and is the Colorado VFW representative for the Western Slope. He has provided scholarships, outreach and support to the CMU Student Veterans Association (SVA) and has made meaningful contributions to the campus community.

“Len is a true inspiration of how community engagement and support is necessary for the success of veterans transitioning out of service and into civilian life,” said Gear.

To learn more about the SVA and the work there doing visit their website or social media account.


Written by Staff