Bob Parsons — a University of Baltimore graduate and the founder of Go Daddy, an Internet domain registrar — has donated $1 million to the school to establish a veterans center on campus that will offer services to active-duty and former military personnel.
"The discipline that I gained in the military, coupled with the University's commitment to veterans' reentry into civilian life, enabled me to be successful in my studies and beyond," Parsons said in a statement. He attended the University of Baltimore on the G.I. Bill after returning from Vietnam.
"The new Bob Parsons Veterans Center will provide the facilities, staff and programs which will allow the University to exponentially increase their reach and make veteran advocacy part of their core mission," Parsons said.
The center will offer academic advice, and counseling on careers, finances and benefits, along with psychological and legal services. More than 28,000 Maryland veterans have returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the university, and nearly 6,000 of them are expected to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury.
"Because of the generosity of Bob and Renee Parsons, the University of Baltimore can help the region's increasing number of veterans realize their educational and professional goals," UB President Robert L. Bogomolny said in a statement. "By providing a range of services that make use of our strengths in law and psychology, UB can create a national model in how universities meet the needs of veteran students and the veteran population in general."
The center will launch on Veterans Day next month.