UT Dallas Veteran Services Center
  November 2013  

Community Connections

Community Connections

Samantha Jolley
By Samantha Jolley
Junior, School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
U.S. Air Force '08–'12

Excitement builds as the holidays are around the corner, fall break is within arm’s reach and Starbucks has finally released its Pumpkin Spice Latte. But there is a very important date that should not be overlooked as fall approaches: Veterans Day. On Nov. 11, our country celebrates the men and women who selflessly chose to stand in the front for our nation’s defense.

When thinking about veterans, we should think not only of those who served one tour, but of those who served until they retired. These individuals are among us, interacting on a daily basis without requesting any recognition.

At UT Dallas, we have a population of more than 600 student veterans and growing. In 2012, the number of student veterans had increased so much that the University created the Veteran Services Center, giving this expanding population a place to interact with other former and current service members and receive access to campus resources to help them succeed in their academic endeavors. The center not only offers a study area, computers and lounge, but it has many programs for career and academic development to help foster the success of veterans as they begin a new chapter in their lives.

This Veterans Day, the Veteran Services Center is collaborating with SUAAB and the Multicultural Center to give faculty, staff and student veterans the appreciation they deserve. Our celebration will kick off at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 near the Plinth. Attendees will have the chance to interact with active duty military, listen to the UT Dallas Pep Band and grab some refreshments. We hope you'll join us.


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