Retired Army Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf says the honor of doing public service is as rewarding as getting an honorary degree for it.
The Persian Gulf war commander and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was presented an honorary doctorate last week by the University of Florida.
Schwarzkopf was honored for his public service since retiring, said John Lombardi, university president.
That includes volunteer work in health care for children and in campaigns aimed at curing paralysis and prostate cancer.
Schwarzkopf urged students to get involved with helping others.
"This thing called 'public service,' this thing called 'selfless service' is truly a reward, and the reward you get from it is the reward you get from the service itself," he said.