Winchester native makes largest cash donation in JMU history

A Winchester native and John Handley High School alum made the largest cash gift in James Madison University of nearly $6 million dollars in March.

The gift was made from the estate of Frances “Tina” Weir, a 1949 graduate of then Madison College, and will support approximately $240,000 annually in scholarship funds in perpetuity.

After graduation, she joined the Army and made history with her service in the Women’s Army Corps.

She was the first woman to lead an all-male unit and is credited for paving the way for women military commanders of the future.

Weir reached the rank of Colonel in 1971 and was awarded numerous medals and stars including the Bronze Star for her achievement in ground operations against hostile forces in Vietnam in 1969 and two Legion of Merit Awards.

She passed away in September of 2023.

Her remains will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

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AG Miyares leads coalition in support of veterans’ benefits

Virginia’s Attorney General Jason Miyares led a bipartisan coalition of attorney generals from 40 states and DC in urging the Supreme Court to rule in favor of James Rudisill in Rudisill v. McDonough.

The attorney generals have declared the case a matter of protecting veterans’ rights and education benefits.

Rudisill is a Virginia resident and decorated Army veteran of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He received the Bronze Star, one of the military’s highest accolades, for his service.

Rudisill used the GI Bill to receive his undergraduate degree after his first tour.

Following his third tour, he was accepted to the Yale Divinity School where he planned to become a chaplain and return to the military.

The VA denied his request for educational benefits which has since been overturned in multiple courts before arriving at the Supreme Court.

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