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Support Your Veterans!

This Monday marked the start of Veteran Appreciation Week on campus.  Veterans in the faculty, among the student body, and in the community, will be honored all week long through a number of different events around campus in their name.

Monday’s festivities included a talk by Daniel Murphy in the Hillwood Cinema.  Murphy, whose son, Lieutenant Michael Murphy, received the Medal of Honor from President George W. Bush, spoke about his son’s service in the United States Navy.  While leading a four man Navy SEAL operation, Lt. Murphy gave his life in order to make a satellite radio call for support after being ambushed.

Tuesday featured a discussion by motivational speaker and veteran Sam Cila.  Cila, who lost his left hand as a result of injuries sustained in Iraq in 2005, now competes in Iron Man competitions worldwide and hosted a talk about “overcoming adversity.”

Wednesday’s event, a lecture titled “Women in the Military,” will be held in the Hillwood Cinema from 6p.m.-8p.m.  Co-sponsored by ACP, the talk will also discuss international students in the United States’ Military.

Thursday is Veterans Day and C.W. Post will celebrate its annual ceremony at the Flag Pole outside Hillwoood Commons at 12:45p.m.  Stephen Siwulec, President of the C.W. Post Club Veterans and Students United (VSU), is scheduled to give the keynote address and refreshments will be served at the Top of the Commons following the ceremony.

Friday, the final day, VSU will join forces with Men Respecting All Women and Women Appreciating Real Men to host a concert in the Pioneer Room featuring the alternative rock band Lights Resolve.  Prior to the concert will be an open mic night beginning at 8p.m. and food will be served throughout the evening.  All donations collected from the concert will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

C.W. Post was recently named one of G.I. Jobs’ “Military Friendly Schools.”  The magazine, a veteran-owned publication geared toward those with a history in the service, looks at help offered with tuition costs, credit available for military training, and on-campus services accessible for veterans in developing this list.  For more information regarding Veterans Appreciation Week, contact Adam Groham, Director of Student Conduct and Community Education Coordinator of Veteran and Military Affairs.

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