The Bob Parsons Veterans Center
Joseph Crawley is a US Navy Veteran who served in the Persian Gulf War. His life as a paralyzed veteran has been marked with numerous personal difficulties including an alcohol addiction. Upon his release from the military, Joseph stated he had "lost all hope and only wanted to know if there was a bar on the other side of life...until I started my educational process."
Joseph Crawley's pursuit of higher education gave him a renewed sense of purpose and has allowed him to move forward in his life. Joseph is now a graduate student in the Human Services Administration program at the University of Baltimore and is very active in The Bob Parsons Veterans Center. Joseph enthusiastically supports the mission of the Center and says, "The Bob Parsons Veterans Center has given me a better outlook on life, and helps tremendously with depression, isolation and loneliness. I wish all of the things in life ran like The Bob Parsons Veteran Center because it's a place that provides an atmosphere of safety, and a place to run if things get out of hand. I have witnessed the Center go from a small place to an awesome Center that feels like a home away from home. The director, Jeffrey Lesch has really turned it into an amazing tour of educational duty, and I am honored to be able to have a place just for us veterans to go while we pursue our education"
The University of Baltimore is honored to be able to assist veteran students like Joseph Crawley on their educational journey. We are extremely grateful to The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation for your generous support of The Bob Parsons Veterans Center and your commitment to veterans pursuing a degree in the Baltimore region.