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Wilkes University Holds Military Appreciation Week From Nov. 10-14

Wilkes University will observe Military Appreciation Week from Nov. 10 -14 to support and honor veterans.

The Veterans Day Ceremony will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11, on the University greenway. In preparation for the event, students are selling little flags in the Henry Student Center, which can be bought and used to honor veterans by placing a yellow ribbon with veterans’ names around the flags. The flags will be displayed for Veterans Day and the ceremony. The ceremony will include the University chaplain, a university speaker, treasurer of the Veterans Club Sarah Allwein and other Veterans Club members. Money raised from this event will be used for care packages, which will be assembled on Nov. 23 for the 10125 Airborne at Fort Campbell, Ky. 

A Veterans’ Brunch, which will be on Nov. 13, honors 70 veterans and their spouses who will represent veterans whose service ranges from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom. The brunch will be at 11 a.m. in the Ballroom of the Henry Student Center, 84 W. South Street, Wilkes-Barre. Veterans will be recognized for their contributions, and more than 50 students who have met the veterans one-on-one will have the opportunity to interact with them. Students in Wilkes’ First Year Foundations classes have gathered oral histories of northeast Pennsylvania veterans as part of a service learning project. At the end of the semester, each veteran will receive a copy of his or her oral history as a keepsake. 

Wilkes University veterans will also participate in a 5K on Nov. 8, which will benefit the District A Fund and will improve quality of life for its residents and citizens. Donations will be made from proceeds to local veterans groups. 

Throughout the week AmeriCorps Vista worker Emily McGaha, who works with veterans on campus, will showcase information about a different branch of the service, through Wilkes Today, as well as Facebook and Twitter. This includes history, symbolism, insignias of the flag, fun facts and quotes. McGaha said it is an effort to boost knowledge among the generations about the history. 

“If you see a soldier, just say thank you,” she said. 

About a dozen faculty and staff have been trained to provide a “green zone” – a friendly ear to veterans – and help them find the services they need on campus in order to create an atmosphere that recognizes them for their service. 

“Wilkes University is dedicated to serving the veteran, thanking and honoring them for their service to our nation,” said Lt. Col. Mark Kaster, Wilkes veterans’ counselor. “Wilkes leadership, faculty and staff fully support the veteran student community, wanting to help the veterans achieve their life goals through academic achievement and mentoring. A college degree from Wilkes prepares the veteran for their chosen profession/careers and helps in their successful transition from military to civilian life.” 

For more information, contact Vicki Mayk, director of public relations, at (570)-408-4779.