Joint Chiefs assistant to speak at fundraiser

Joint Chiefs assistant to speak at fundraiser

CHAMPAIGN — A career military officer and special assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be keynote speaker at a fundraiser tonight (Saturday, Feb. 23)for the new Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at the University of Illinois.

Col. Anthony Henderson of the U.S. Marine Corps will talk about the reintegration of military families into the community and the role of the Center for Wounded Veterans in that effort.

The center will provide support services for UI student veterans who have sustained severe and multiple injuries while serving in the military. Using a "family-centric" team approach, it will offer residential services for 12 to 14 veterans and services for up to 150 other veterans and their families.

The Keller Williams Cash Bash Gala is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Colonnades Club at Memorial Stadium, 1402 S. First St., C. It features a dinner and a live and silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education. Henderson is scheduled to speak at 8 p.m.

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The fundraiser is sponsored by Keller Williams Realty and the UI College of Applied Health Sciences.

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A native of Washington, Henderson has completed three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and has received numerous awards, including the Bronze Star and Joint Service Commendation Medal.

He holds a bachelor's degree in history and a law degree from Southern University and A&M College. He's also a graduate of the Amphibious Warfare school, Naval War College, and the National War College. He is assistant to Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.