John F. Gwizdak, former (2000/2001) commander-in-chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) is coming to the Clayton State University campus to speak on the occasion of Memorial Day.
Gwizdak’s address, scheduled for Friday, May 25, has been moved from the outdoor Lawson Amphitheatre to room UC272 of the James M. Baker University Center. He will still begin speaking at noon. Gwizdak, a resident of Raleigh, Ga., will be appearing at Clayton State under the sponsorship of the University’s Veterans Resource Center (VRC), and a grant from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
According to Shiraz Karaa, interim director of the VRC, Gwizdak will talk about the historical significance of Memorial Day and address student veterans about using their GI benefits and the importance of education and completing college.
A retired United States Army captain, Gwizdak enlisted in the Army in 1958. In 1968, he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He retired in 1978. Among his military awards and decorations are The Legion of Merit, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal for Valor. He served a combat tour in Vietnam during 1969 as an infantry unit leader. The commander-in-chief of the VFW from 2000 to 2001, he continues to be a veteran’s advocate.