The Josh Dunne Memorial Scholarship is the beginning of great things to occur in honor of Josh. Myself and all of Josh's family and on behalf of the Josh Dunne Organization, Mission Ready, we thank each and every donor who is contributing to honor Josh's legacy of supporting veteran's and their families.
When I think of Josh I remember him as being full of life - he was energetic, outgoing, funny, loud and free. His personality was infectious, contagious, and I yearn for those traits still. He encouraged me to be the best self I could be. Josh never shy'd away from helping others. I'm still learning of the many things he would do to help others.
I've heard stories of Josh paying for meals of other veterans or sitting and sharing his time to hear the stories of veteran's with PTSD and sharing his own story. Josh decided he wanted to become a social worker to help other veteran's like himself and their family's. During his time at NMSU Josh joined various student organizations advocating for veteran services.
One of these achievements was serving as President of the Student Veteran's Organization and working as a student with the Military and Veteran's Program. During his time here Josh created an internship for student veteran's majoring in Criminal Justice. His linking veteran's to success was no secret! This scholarship is a huge first step in doing what he was already living for.
At home, Josh was no different. He was an attentive father and husband who went out of his way for his children's happiness and success. He coached his sons soccer team, spent time in his sons classroom, was a full-time student, worked, supported my own career and never complained.
Days were hard, triggers for his PTSD were almost daily, but he got up everyday and chose to be the best he could and if he put a smile on only one person's face he called it a successful day.
Though Josh is no longer with us on this earth, I am reminded every day of the hundreds of little signs around me that he is still living through his children, through this scholarship, through his organization, and I am so grateful for NMSU Foundation, the Counseling Center, the Office of Military and Veteran's Programs, the College of Health and Social Service's Social Work Department and the rest of the NMSU community for giving us this opportunity to honor my husband with his great spirit that will live on forever.