Veterans and Military Appreciation Day, hosted by the East Central University Veterans Upward Bound Program, is set for Thursday, May 23, at the Bill S. Cole University Center on the ECU campus.
Vendors will have tables of information available throughout the day, beginning at 8: 30 a.m. Workshops will be conducted at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. At 11 a.m., an appreciation day program will be held, followed by lunch at noon.
The 9 a.m. workshop is entitled “The Mission Continues” by Jason Crane. The 10 a.m. workshop is being conducted by Bart Culver, of the VA Educational Benefits Division of the Muskogee Regional Office and the 1 p.m. workshop is “Operation College Promise” by Wendy Lane and Rod Davis.
The event is free and open to the public.
Crane, an Air Force veteran, is currently the Fellowship Recruitment Associate for Mission Continues for both the Midwestern and Western Regions. He was a Missile Systems Space Specialist, stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. and serving honorable until June, 1995.
Mission Continues is a program which challenges veterans to serve and inspire in communities across America. Mission Continues awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their own lives by serving others and directly impacting their communities.
Mission Fellows serve for six months at a local nonprofit organization, addressing key educational, environmental or social issues. Each Fellow works to achieve a post-fellowship goal of fulltime employment and/or pursuit of higher education, while maintaining a permanent role of public service.
In the 10 a.m. session, Culver will present information about VA educational benefits.
The 11 a.m. program, followed by the presentation of colors from the Chickasaw Nation Honor Guard, will focus on student success stories and there will some students make brief comments. Also making comments during the program will be Maj. Gen. Myles Deering and Chickasaw Nation Lt. Gov. Jefferson Keel.