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UW-River Falls Remembers, Supports Veterans

Nov. 1, 2010--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will be honoring veterans throughout the week leading up to and following Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11.

Declared Veteran’s Week on campus by Chancellor Dean Van Galen, on Nov. 8 and continuing through Veteran’s Day, the Veteran’s Club will have a table in Heritage Hall in the University Center to accept donations for troops overseas. The club hopes to send the donations prior to the upcoming holiday season.

On Nov. 9, there will be a Veteran’s Fair held in the Falcon’s Nest in the University Center from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The fair is an opportunity for veterans, students, and community members to learn about the options and benefits available to veterans. Representatives from Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs (WDVA), Department of Workforce Development Office of Veteran Services, State of Wisconsin Woman's Veteran Coordinator, the VA's Operation Enduring Freedom Program and Operation Iraqi Freedom Program, Vets4Vets, Wounded Warrior Regiment U.S. Marines Corps, the Vet Center, VA Suicide Prevention Office, Pierce/St. Croix County Veteran Service Office and River Falls American Legion Post 121 will be on hand.

Representatives from UWRF’s Admissions Office, Counseling Services, Global Connections, Financial Aid, Adult Degree Completion Program, Veteran’s Club, and Veterans Service Office will also be present to assist in answering questions for veterans attending or interested in attending UWRF.

As tradition holds, on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. a remembrance service for veterans will be held on the North Hall lawn near the flag pole. The service will highlight a speaker who is a female veteran and the River Falls American Legion Color Guard.

On Nov. 13 from 10-11:30 a.m. in the Kinnickinnic River Theater in the University Center, Secretary of the WDVA Kenneth Black will hold a town hall listening session for veterans. Veterans, along with friends, family, students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend.

According to Veterans Program Manager Nicole Lillis, there are more veterans in the area than most realize, with the VA Hospital, Fort Snelling and numerous military stations located within a short radius.

“We want to bring veterans in and let them know what services are available to them. We are putting on many of these events so they can get the information and the resources they need,” says Lillis. “Some don’t always know how to get to these resources or don’t know that they are free. We want this to be a helpful resource for all who may be impacted by a veteran.”

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact nicole.lillis@uwrf.edu or call 715-425-3529.


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