MTSU's Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center thanks the Waffle House for hiring veterans. The popular longtime restaurant chain open 24 hours a day.
Representatives from the center recently presented a certificate of appreciation to Waffle House Senior Vice President Ken Wright and Cristin Wittwer, area people director, at the restaurant located at 1928 S. Church St.
The Daniels Center and its Veterans Transitioning Home Office are presenting certificates of appreciation to companies who have hired MTSU student veterans or family members, and for demonstrating continuous support to this population.
The restaurant recently hired Will Stallings, the son of center Director Hilary Miller, and a senior at Central Magnet School. Hilary Miller is married to Joel Miller, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and former chair of the MTSU Department of Military Science.
Hilary Miller and Keith M. Huber, senior adviser for veterans and leadership initiatives at MTSU, made the presentation of the plaque featuring a photo of Charlie and Hazel Daniels in front of a U.S. flag and commemorative coins.
Wittwer, a military spouse whose husband formerly served in the Army's 101st Airborne Division, said she was "at a loss for words. I am so honored to receive these coins from Gen. Huber and Dr. Miller. I am so grateful for everything you have done for our country and continue to do for our veterans."
Huber is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general. He served 38 years before retiring and joining MTSU in January 2015. His leadership and advice to university President Sidney A. McPhee and other administrators eventually led to the establishment of the 3,200-square foot, $333,000 veterans' center on the first and third floors of Keathley University Center.
Huber visited with Waffle House customers and identified with those who were military veterans, learning about their experiences and thanking them for their service.
The Veterans Transitioning Home Office assists students with all aspects of the career decision-making and job search processes. Shane Smith is veterans' employee search agent.