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Golden Bear Alumni are known for their leadership roles in their communities, and we honor those alumni who have also made a global impact with their military service. It is our hope that our current list of veterans will grow to include all alumni who have served our country.


Golden Bear Veterans Registry

The Veterans Registry records the names of the men and women alumni of Kutztown University who have served proudly and honorably in the U.S. military.  Individuals can add their name to the Registry, or the name of the person they are honoring, by registering with the Center and providing proof of service.

This list will be proudly displayed in a decorative binder for viewing in the Veterans Services Center. 

Alumni Veteran who are interested in being included in our Golden Bear Veterans Registry should email our office for registration details.


Veteran Spirit Award

The Office of Veterans Services awarded its first Veterans spirit award in 2013. Each year we look forward to awarding one deserving alumni who has served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces and demonstrated the spirit of service by giving back to the military and Veteran community. Presentations are made by the Military Club at Kutztown University during the Military Appreciation Football Game (half-time).


2013 Veteran Spirit Award Recipients:

Kutztown alumni - a mother and son who serve our nation and Servicemembers' families. 

Sergeant Alex Tranauskas began his service in 2010 in the United States Army Reserve with Bravo Company, 392nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion. He is currently assigned to the 404th Signal Battalion in Fort Dix, New Jersey.  His awards include among others the Global War on Terrorism Medal and the Army Achievement Medal. 

Tina Tranauskas is the program manager of Survivor Services for the Travis Manion Foundation which was established in 2007 and named after Lieutenant Travis Manion who was killed in Iraq.  The foundation provides support to families of fallen service members, veterans, and active duty troops.    

Note: Two awards were presented the first year because of the unique situation in having a mother and son team who graduated with honors during the same graduation ceremony, and who proudly serve one of our nation's greatest assets. Only one award will be presented hereafter to a KU alumnus who meets the qualifications listed in the description.


2014 Veteran Spirit Award Recipient

Glenn Godshall served in the United States Navy from 1966-1972 and during his service his awards included among others, the Navy Unit Commendation. After working in non-profit children's services for 25 years, Glenn served Kutztown University as the Director of Alumni Relations for over 12 years. Glenn has continued his service to our veteran community and their families through his 30-year membership in the VFW and his 15-year role as the Commander of Kutztown VFW Post 560. The VFW Post 560 proudly provides three $1000 scholarships to KU Veteran students and reimburses $500 in admissions application fees annually. 

2017 Veteran Spirit Award Recipient

Kutztown University's Office of Veterans Services recognized Mr. Thomas L. Applebach, a highly respected Class of 2017 Kutztown alumnus.Thomas served in the United States military for a total of 21 years. Since 2014, Mr. Applebach has continued to serve his brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces as the Director of the Lehigh County Office of Veterans Affairs. He provides assistance to veterans and their families in pursuit of the federal, state and county benefits to which they may be entitled. In 2015, he formed the Lehigh Valley Homeless Veteran Task Force, a collaboration of agencies and offices throughout the Lehigh Valley, dedicated to ending veteran homelessness. In June 2017, the Task Force received a federal declaration that they had effectively ended veteran homelessness in the Lehigh Valley.Thank you so much, Thomas, for your service, and for being an exemplary extension of Kutztown University.


NOMINATE a Veteran Spirit Award recipient by emailing the following information to no later than October 9. Nominations received after the deadline date will not be considered.

  • Alumni's full name
  • Graduation year (if known)
  • U.S. Military branch of service
  • Community service provided for Veterans and family members
  • A 100-word or less statement explaining why you believe the Alumni deserves to be recognized


Alumni Veteran Pin

Kutztown University would like to honor our alumni who served or are currently serving with a distinctive Kutztown University Alumni Veteran lapel pin. To receive your complimentary pin alumnus must register with the Office of Veterans Services and provide proof of honorable military service. Examples of proof of service- a copy of your DD 214 (showing type of discharge), membership to a recognized Veterans organization (e.g. VFW), a Veterans designated driver's license, or  other document that can verify your honorable service in one of the branches of the U.S. military. You can mail, fax or email your proof of service. To protect your privacy, please do not email documents that contain your social security number.

Office of Veterans Services
Kutztown University of PA
15200 Kutztown Road
262 McFarland Student Union
Kutztown, PA 19530
610-683-4777 (Fax)

Veterans Center Fund

Would you like to leave a mark on campus that not only represents your dedication to KU, but also honors and makes a direct impact on KU student Veterans and military personnel?  The fund exists to provide emergency funds to student veterans experiencing financial hardship and to support programming needs.

Please consider financially showing your support by making a tax-deductible donation to the Veterans Center Fund  managed by

KU Foundation and Alumni Engagement   

Fund Code:  Veterans Center (15066)

Thank you for your support!   



Vietnam Roundtable - Are you interested in participating in a monthly forum where Vietnam Veterans gather to discuss and share their knowledge of the Vietnam War? Email our office if you're interested and we'll keep you updated.

Veterans History ProjectEmail our office if you're interested in sharing your story so we can preserve your memories and experiences for future generations. One of our helpful staff members will contact you and give you more details.

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