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Robert Morris Freshman Meets Obama at White House

Teresa, Jeremy, and Bobby if front of the White House after our visit with President Obama

This past spring, Jeremy Carr, 23, was helping his mother, Teresa, and her fellow Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 862 members with a road clean-up detail. Jeremy, who has Down Syndrome, asked his mother if she thought President Obama would be proud of him for his volunteer work with the Beaver County chapter of the VVA. He wanted her to write a letter to the President to ask him.

Teresa wrote that letter, and on November 11, 2011, President Obama answered Jeremy in his Veteran’s Day speech from Arlington National Cemetery.

“Well, Jeremy, I want you to know, yes, I am proud of you,” said Obama. “I could not be prouder of you, and your country is proud of you. Thank you for serving our veterans by helping them to continue their service to America.”

Jeremy’s younger brother, Bobby, 18, is a freshman student in RMU’s Sport Management program, and on Friday, January 13, he joined his family as they got to meet President Obama in the Oval Office of the White House.

“To me the experience was a once in a lifetime chance to not only meet the president but to be in the Oval Office,” says Bobby. “I would love to go back to D.C and go on a tour of the rest of the White House.”

Bobby standing behind his brother, Jeremy, after receiving an award from the Board of Directors of the National Vietnam Veterans of America

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that Bobby will be able to pass down to his family someday,” adds Teresa.

While in Washington D.C., the Carrs also met Eric Shinseki, secretary of Veterans Affairs, at the National VA office.

“This was such a wonderful time to share with my sons,” adds Teresa, “and I hope they will both have great memories of their experience.”


RMU participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans that have been awarded 100% benefits for their Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. For more information, visit

You can read more about the Carr’s meeting with the president in this Pittsburgh Tribune-Review article by Mike Wereschagin.

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