Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Vol State Honors Veterans

Veterans Day is a day of remembrance and recognition. A day when Americans honor the devotion, service, and sacrifices of those who have protected our country. We have many student veterans here on campus. A veteran can join the Vol State Student Veterans of America Club. Also known as VSVA, it is an organization on campus that connects student veterans.

"We try to volunteer with organizations outside of Vol State such as the DAV, American Legion, and the VFW, but most importantly we try to reach out to the veterans on our campus," said Amanda Steele, who is the club president as well as a Navy Veteran. "I think it is important to maintain a support system for our peers."

(Left to Right VSVA member Mark Autry, club president Amanda Steele, and club member Colby Shelton)

Also, on Thursday November 7 the Office of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives will be hosting a Veterans Day Celebration. The Rep. Harold Love, Jr. will be the keynote speaker with a luncheon to follow.

"We wanted have a program that would best honor our current service members and our veterans," said Kenny Yarbrough, Director of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives. "We would not only like to honor our students that are currently serving or are veterans but our students, faculty, and staff that have family members that have served, are serving, or that have lost loved ones."

The students are collecting pictures of veterans with Vol State ties for a honor wall. It will be on display in the Nichols Dining Room. You can turn in pictures, but you need to do it soon. See the Office of Student Life in Wood 215.

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