KPTS recognized Wichita State University Military & Veteran Services with its Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Business Award in a special program that aired on Nov. 5 on Channel 8.
WSU’s Military & Veteran Services provides assistance with Veteran Affairs educational benefits, provides counseling, testing and other service. It connects military students with opportunities for campus involvement.
Larry Burks Sr., is the director of Military & Veteran Services. Burks, a retired Army Lt. Col., served in Virginia, Kansas, Texas, California, Florida, Montana, Germany, Korea and Panama during his military career. He deployed with the 1st Infantry Division during the First Gulf War in 1989-90 to serve in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
Burks, a native of Jackson, Miss., moved to Wichita after retiring and served as Senior Army Instructor for the Junior ROTC at Southeast High School from 1995-2005. He is involved with the Kansas Civil Rights Commission, Wichita City Building Commission, St. Mark United Methodist Church, Wichita Riverfest and the Wichita Branch of the NAACP.
The program will air again on Nov. 11 (3:30 p.m.) and Nov. 15 (1 p.m.). It is also available at kpts.org.