Bruce Vosefski Jr. ’17
Veterans understand duty, discipline, and sacrifice. They bring maturity, skills, and experience to UNCG that uniquely enrich our campus and community. Bruce Vosefski Jr. ’17 spent substantial time on the front lines during his four tours in Iraq as part of his 16 years in the U.S. Army. Subsequent to active duty, he served as a police officer, working beside EMTs, and developed an interest in health care. UNCG’s School of Nursing Veterans Access Program (VAP) and the Letvak Family Endowed Scholarship in Nursing gave Vosefski the opportunities he needed to achieve his goal of becoming a nurse.
An innovative individualized program, VAP provides specialized support to medically trained veterans pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing, often resulting in an accelerated path to graduation. VAP is currently funded in part by a Health Resources and Services Agency grant. Dr. Susan Letvak, VAP’s founding director, served more than a decade in the U.S. Navy Reserve Nurse Corps before earning her PhD in nursing at Adelphi University and joining UNCG’s SON faculty. A fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and recipient of research funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health, she is a professor in adult health nursing. In 2016 Dr. Letvak established the Letvak Family Endowed Scholarship in Nursing to assist students, particularly veterans, seeking nursing degrees at UNCG.
Her commitment earned Dr. Letvak the respect and devotion of student veterans.
“Dr. Letvak holds a special place in my heart,” Vosefski says. “The UNCG family valued the veterans and made them feel at home. They helped shape us into inspiring nurses, that one day we could pass on our knowledge.”
The Letvak Family Scholarship helped Vosefski achieve his goal of becoming a registered nurse and UNCG alumnus. Today he works at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital in the surgical trauma ICU.
“As a veteran, I hold myself to a higher standard. I take pride in my practice and strive to be a better RN every day. The veteran/military values are portrayed in my ever-growing experience,” stated Vosefski.
UNCG recognizes that higher standard, honoring these patriots’ sacrifices by offering programs and financial resources that facilitate veterans’ transition to civilian life. On a welcoming campus with faculty tenaciously dedicated to student success, Dr. Letvak’s generosity illustrates how much UNCG values veterans.
Written by Zoe Dillard, Donor Relations
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