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SALT LAKE CITY -- University of Utah President Michael Young announced the first National Center for Veterans Studies.
The center's mission is to improve the lives of veterans, their families and advance American values, prosperity and security.
"This center will give us an opportunity to coordinate that work, to expand it," Young said.
The center will focus on health issues, education and training, community outreach, and non-partisan political advocacy on behalf of veterans. It will be operated by the university's College of Social and Behavioral Science and S.J. Quinney College of Law.
There are currently 23 million veterans in the United States, and more than 160,000 of those are in Utah.
More than a quarter of the new vets are facing serious health, psychological and employment issues related to re-entry to civilian life.