Blinn hosting celebratory luncheon and letter writing campaign to commemorate Veterans Day
Honoring Our Bravest series recognizes Blinn student, faculty, and staff veterans and active duty service members
November 7, 2019
The Blinn College District will commemorate Veterans Day with an appreciation luncheon for veterans and active duty service members on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11:30 a.m. in the Blinn-Bryan Campus Student Center. The event is part of Blinn’s “Honoring Our Bravest” series and will be hosted in Room F-120 (map).
“The Veterans Day appreciation luncheon is part of the ‘Honoring Our Bravest’ series which acknowledges the commitment and dedication of our veterans and active duty service members that play an integral role in our community,” said Blinn-Bryan’s Coordinator of Student Activities Christopher Nguyen. “We want to recognize these students, faculty, and staff members for all that they have done for us and that we will strive to support them during their time here at Blinn.”
The luncheon is open to all active duty or veteran service members employed or enrolled at Blinn, and will feature keynote speakers and access to informational resources. Featured speakers include Steve Jimenez, co-founder of the Veteran App, a mobile application that connects U.S. veterans to organizations supporting veterans in their communities, and Luke Shanks, a Captain in the U.S. Army National Guard Finance Corps.
In addition to the luncheon, Blinn Student Leadership and Activities (SLA) will host a letter writing campaign in support of veterans and active duty service members. Civilians are encouraged to stop by the Student Center to write personal notes to first responders, wounded, active duty, veteran, or new recruit service members that will be distributed by Operation Gratitude. A nonprofit organization dedicated to forging bonds between Americans and military and first responders, Operation Gratitude distributes more than 300,000 individually addressed care packages per year containing snacks, hygiene products, handmade items, and personal letters of support.
“This campaign is a good thing because we should appreciate the men and women that fought for our country,” said Blinn student Marc Landeros. “Writing a letter doesn’t take much thought and a thank you goes a long way and is such a simple thing to do that can help them feel that someone back home really cares and appreciates them.”
Blinn’s Veteran Services Office provides support and resources for active duty service members, veterans, and their families as they work to achieve their academic goals. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu/veteran-services or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is currently open for Blinn’s Winter Minimester and Spring 2020 semester. To enroll, visit www.blinn.edu/admissions.
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