Roger D. Newall, Commander of the Dept. of New Mexico Military Order of the Purple Heart presents UNM Veteran's Resource Center Director Mandy Dykman with a check.

Roger Newall, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry's Veteran's Affairs Liaison, presented the UNM Veterans Resource Center (VRC) a check for $500 in a ceremony at the VRC office, in the Student Union Building.

"VRC is honored to received this gift, especially with the new computers we just received from Enrollment Management," said Veterans Resource Center Director Marilyn (Mandy) M. Dykman, LCDR, USCG (Ret.) "VRC's five new computers will enable student veterans and dependent family members to readily print class schedules, certificate of eligibility and other forms necessary to get them paid on time and efficiently.

With the expected increase in printing for the upcoming summer and fall 2012 registration, the check will go towards copy paper and ink cartridges for the VRC's printer.

Newall is a former active duty and reserve Air Force service man who currently serves as the Commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart and as a National ROTC/JROTC President. Newall served in the Air Force during the Vietnam conflict, earned a Master's in Education for Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. and has more than 20 years of experience involving the both public and private education. Newall also has more than five decades of experience as a hockey player in both competitive and non-competitive programs, additionally serving as a referee.

"Roger comes to the city with a host of management and community service experience," said Mayor Richard J. Berry. "As a recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart he brings an exceptional perspective to our veteran's affairs office."