Kutztown University to Celebrate National Veterans Awareness Week Nov. 9-15

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KUTZTOWN, Pa. – Kutztown University will celebrate National Veterans Awareness Week Nov. 9-15 with pre-event proceedings, tributes, fundraisers, workshops, ceremonies, discounts, luncheon and more. Hosted by KU's Office of Veterans Services, many events are free and open to the public with student-veterans and military-affiliated students, faculty and staff all encouraged to attend.

A pre-event town hall will commence from 6-8:30 pm., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 102 Academic Forum. Registration begins at 6 p.m. Hosted by the KU Military Club, the town hall is for veterans, family members, stakeholders and the public, to provide feedback on VA operations and programs. The event offers an open forum for those currently receiving benefits and care from VA and those interested in learning about the services available, sharing their experiences and having their health care concerns addressed by senior leadership.

KU’s home football game Saturday, Nov. 9, marks Military Appreciation Day. The game is at noon at Andre Reed Stadium. KU will face Millersville University and present the KU Veteran Alumni Spirit award. Ticket information can be directed to the Athletics office during office hours at 610-683-1376 or purchased by cash only at the gate. Admission is free for currently serving U.S. military and veterans with proper ID.

Monday, Nov. 11, the KU Military Club will hold ceremonial flag raising at 7:35 a.m. outside Schaeffer Auditorium followed by a military appreciation breakfast for students at 8:30 a.m. in 262 McFarland Student Union. The day will close with a ceremonial flag lowering at Schaeffer Auditorium at 4:35 p.m.

The Green Zone Café: Meet Your Advocates event will take place from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Nov. 12, in 250 McFarland Student Union. An RSVP to veterans@kutztown.edu is required to give military and veteran-affiliated students an opportunity to network with staff and faculty.

The Women Veterans Tribute, honoring the contributions and achievements of women veterans, begins 11.am. to noon, Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the McFarland Student Union lobby. Cake and punch will be provided. The Women’s Center will host the 1in6.org workshop for male survivors of sexual abuse and assault from 4-6 p.m., with screening services following at 7 p.m.

Finishing the week in style, the Veterans Appreciation Luncheon will take place 11 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Nov. 14, in 223 McFarland Student Union. Beyond networking and complimentary lunch, the luncheon will host guest speaker, mayor of Kutztown and Vietnam veteran, James F. Schlegel. The luncheon will include Military Club student organization remarks and SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society induction, VFW Post 560 scholarship presentation and faculty and staff Veteran Servant Leader Award presentation. Registration is closed for this event, however, any Thanksgiving Food Drive donations supporting Veterans Making a Difference should be dropped off at the luncheon.

Other special events will continue all week, Nov. 11-15. Throughout the week, the KU campus store will offer a 40% discount on all apparel and gift items to veterans and their families with proof of service. Also ongoing through the week, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to wear their veteran services or “Got Your 6” lapel pins in recognition of their service and support.

From Nov. 1-15, Aramark Café’s, The Book & Brew and Academic Grounds will be participating in Remember Everyone Deployed (R.E.D.) fundraiser. Purchase a $1 R.E.D. button from the Veterans Services Center and receive a free drink coupon redeemable at any participating café. Show your support of servicemen and women who are currently deployed. All proceeds of button purchase will benefit the KU Veterans Center Fund which exists to provide emergency funds to student-veterans experiencing financial hardship and to support center activities.

For more information, contact KU Veterans Services at 610-683-4228 or veterans@kutztown.edu.