Friday, February 5th, 2010 - 11:41 am
“We watch your six”
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323
This is a Purdue Calumet group for any student who supports veterans, any former service members and their families. The group is here to help all Veterans regardless of branch adapt and thrive during college for a successful completion of a diploma and beyond.
We want to help veterans out because we know firsthand how frustrating it can be to come home and try to adapt into civilian life. This student organization hopes to combine all the benefits and services into a one-stop shop that through the grant and other programs can help get veterans going in the right direction.
Currently we have meetings the first Friday of every month at 1100 in SUL Bldg. Room 301. If you can’t make the meetings check here for monthly update on the agenda. However we want to do what’s best for everyone, so let us know times and dates your available!
WHAT ARE WE ALL ABOUT AND WHAT’S NEW WITH US?
Veterans Enlisted Student Association (VESA) wins first place in state competition and grant from Military Family Research Institute!!!
Although our group is newly formed in May of 2009 we have worked hard to hit the ground running. During the summer VESA co-sponsored Operation Rescue with Boots to Books, which was an event to make students aware of Veterans on campus and their families. We also successfully co-hosted Veterans Day celebration which included Local Color Guard from the high school, several speakers including Dean of PUC, the Hammond and East Chicago Mayors and honored guest speaker Tuskegee Airman, Quentin P. Smith. On the Marine Corp birthday November 10th, three Marines stood in the concourse with cake and did a question and answer period.
Recently, we travelled to Purdue University in West Lafayette, to compete in the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) Operation Diploma. The competition awarded grants totaling $14,000 to nine student veterans’ organizations throughout the entire state. A nationally recognized panel of judges evaluated the student veterans’ organization proposals according to a strict set of criteria, including evidence of need, quality, creativity and sustainability. The grant of $2,000 was awarded through Operation Diploma, to first place Purdue University Calumet for the organization’s commitment to student support and outreach. VESA was top honored because the proposal included plans to enhance the university’s existing network of support among student service members and veterans while reaching out through youth mentoring, support for homeless veterans in Northwest Indiana and monthly support for troops serving abroad.
WHAT ARE WE DOING RIGHT NOW?
We have various things planned throughout the year, but we need to be a little flexible so that’s why you should check back often on our calender.
We are not looking just to help the veterans adapt, we want to provide support for their families which is just as vital and to our local community who support us. That’s why the organization is getting involved with the Community Mobilization group in Lake County that is focused on homeless veteran outreach. VESA plans on working with other off campus organizations such as the DAV, American Legion, AMVETS and Veterans Administration to support veterans not just at Purdue Calumet but the entire Northwest Indiana region. Different activates throughout the year will be held for variety of reasons including fundraisers to support the Gary Homeless Veterans shelter, Boxes for Troops and Care Packages for Families which is a program to send care packages to active duty students families while they are deployed.
There won’t be just community service events; there are plans for a military ball in October, Warrior Weekend in April, Indiana Dunes trash pick-up and BBQ in May, Patriots Day Cook Off & Bike Rally which will be co-hosted by Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association in September for Patriots day, and always a celebration for each Armed Services Birthdays.
CONTACT INFO and CONNECTIONS:
We have a Facebook Fan page under Veterans Enlisted Student Association PUC and have monthly meetings in building SUL room 301 on Fridays at 1100 a.m. Contact us for more information, any questions or suggestions!
VESA contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association: www.cvma-in.org
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