Seattle University has produced many graduates who’ve gone on to serve our country and make us proud. Thank you to all of you for serving your country.
In honor of this Veterans’ Day, we are featuring one alumnus and veteran who has dedicated his time to helping other veterans navigate the benefits process.
Don D. Whedon, Sr., ’73, is a retired member of the United States military. He has served across different branches including the Navy, Army and Air Force in both Vietnam and Grenada.
After Vietnam, Whedon returned home to attend college and play football. Whedon took classes at different colleges and universities until finally coming to Seattle University where he studied psychology.
“The Jesuits who taught at Seattle University really cared about the students as individuals and cared that they learned the material. At other schools it seemed like the professors didn’t care about the students, but not at Seattle University. Fr. Goldberg, Professor George and Dr. Strickland knew so much.”
In 2005, Whedon retired from the military and completed veterans’ service training. He now works as a veterans’ service officer for the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Whedon acknowledges that his education at Seattle University helped direct his career goals. “The Jesuit values are to give and to serve and that’s what I do. It keeps me alive and it keeps me healthy. I’ve always been one to help someone get the help that they need. I’ve worked a lot with homeless veterans identifying those most in need of help and raising money for Catholic Community Services to find homes for veterans.”
Though not a lawyer, Whedon is well versed in the veterans’ claims process. If there are any alumni who are looking for help navigating litigation or claims with the Veteran’s Administratino, Don Whedon would like to help.
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Don, thanks for your service and for the assistance you provide veterans.
I attended SU with MG Pat Brady, LTC Jim Helbling, COL Leo Roppo and others who served with distinction. My Jesuit education at SU provided me with the foundation for my adult life and my career.
Nice to read about your experiences and your service.
Richard M ("Dick") Rusch
BG, USA (Retired)
Class of 1958
Thank you BG Richard M. Rusch U.S.A. Retired, so am I, I have a lot of stories to tell about my conservations with Stormin Normin 1990-91, about Football Offense " Tiger Ellis" and Mouse Davis 'Run an Shoot' The Gulf war was American Football against the Iraq Military. Love to tell more, contact me. Also I am a NSO National Service Officer with NABVETS ( National Association of Black Veterans, a CSO with DAV, and a Post VSO with American Legion, have office on 10th Flr at VA. Please contact me with Veterans, Needs, Questions, and anything about Veterans Law. Don D. Whedon SR
I graduated from Seattle U in 1963. I am a retired Army Nurse who served in Vietnam in 1969/1970. Seattle University's Nursing Program was outstanding ; the values I learned prepared me to give highly individualized compassionate care to our troops.
Our chaplain in Vietnam was former Jesuit, Larry Donohue, deceased.
Don, thanks for not only your service, but also your example in how to serve our country.