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Drexel Honors Veterans to Close Philadelphia’s 'Year of the Veteran'

Veterans Day 2014
This year, which has been declared by Philadelphia City Council as the “Year of the Veteran,” Drexel will honor current student-veterans, professional staff, faculty and alumni veterans as well as all members of the United States Armed Forces in celebration of Veterans Day during the week of Nov. 9 to 14. The week of events includes a Family Weekend social event for veterans and their families, a screening of the films "Lone Survivor" and "Basic Training" and the Veterans Day Tribute.

The Veterans Day Tribute, sponsored by the Crossroads Hospice, will be held on Nov. 11 beginning at 12 p.m. It will include a Dragons United Flag Art display, a wall of veterans appreciation from fraternity and sorority life, military care package collection, reception and formal program with military tradition, patriotic music and inspirational remarks by and in honor of veterans. Additionally, an exhibit of student-veteran artwork will be on display. Following the event, the artwork will be displayed in offices across campus in honor of Drexel veterans.

Drexel views Veterans Day as a great opportunity to pause and reflect on the commitment and sacrifice of the Armed Forces. But, the University supports veterans year-round through the Office of Veteran Student Services, student organizations and programs. Drexel has made an intentional commitment to student-veterans and dependents of U.S. Armed Forces through its support of the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides 100-percent tuition for post 9/11 veterans and their dependents through government and Drexel-matched funds. For the fall 2014 term, Drexel has 631 student-veterans and 159 dependents enrolled.

Drexel has received a great deal of recognition for its support of student-veterans. G.I. Jobs recognized Drexel as a top Military Friendly School for the sixth year in a row, and Military Advanced Education Magazine named Drexel a Top Military Friendly College or University for the second year in a row. Also, Drexel was placed on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges for Veterans (18th place) and Best Online Colleges for Veterans – Bachelors (13th place) lists. Student Veterans of America presented the Drexel Veterans Association (DVA), a student organization for student-veterans, families and supporters, with their Chapter of Excellence Award at an appreciation breakfast in September.

Be sure to make time and attend one or more of the Veterans Day celebration events planned for this year.

Family Weekend: Public Safety Celebrates our Student Veterans and Families
Sunday, Nov. 9
2–4 pm

Drexel Park

Join Public Safety for a Sunday, fun-day family social. Bring your family out to meet the members of Public Safety and other student veterans and their families. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. There will be face painting, music and games for families to enjoy together.

Frederick Wiseman’s "Basic Training"

Tuesday, Nov. 11
10 am
URBN Center Annex, Screening Room (3401 Filbert St.)

As part of Drexel’s Veteran’s Day observations, the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design will host a screening of "Basic Training," followed by a Q&A with Frederick Wiseman, a veteran of the U.S. Army. Wiseman is a three-time Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker who has produced over 30 full-length documentaries that provocatively uncover the nuanced complexities of American Society. Among his many acclaimed films is "Basic Training," which follows a company of draftees and enlisted men through the nine weeks of the basic training cycle.

Veterans Day Tribute
Tuesday, Nov. 11
12–1:30 pm
Bossone Research Enterprise Center (3140 Market St.)

The Veterans Task Force, Office of Veteran Student Services and Crossroads Hospice will host a Veterans Day Tribute for members of the community to learn more about Veterans Day and show their support for the veterans in their own lives and our Drexel community. Participants will receive a free tote bag from the Drexel Veterans Alumni Network. Sponsored by Crossroads Hospice, Drexel Veterans Association (DVA), Drexel Veterans Alumni Network (DVAN), Fraternity and Sorority Life, Public Safety, Veteran Student Services and Veterans Task Force.

  • 12–12:30 p.m. – Exhibits and displays

  • 12:30–1 p.m. - Formal program including military tradition, patriotic music, inspirational remarks by and in honor of veterans

  • 1–1:30 p.m. - Reception including light refreshments

CAB Presents: 'Lone Survivor' Screening and Panel Discussions
Tuesday, Nov. 11
7–10 pm
Nesbitt Hall 113

In conjunction with Student Affairs' Veterans Day celebration, the Campus Activities Board will be showing a screening of "Lone Survivor," a 2013 American war film written and directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster and Eric Bana. The film is based on the 2007 nonfiction book of the same name by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson. Set during the war in Afghanistan, "Lone Survivor" dramatizes the failed United States Navy SEALs counter-insurgent mission Operation Red Wings, during which a four-man SEAL reconnaissance and surveillance team was tasked to track Taliban leader Ahmad Shah. There will be a panel discussion with student veterans moderated by Professor Kevin Egan following the film. 

Veterans Holiday Care Package Drive
Nov. 3 to Dec. 15

Collection locations:

  • Admissions Visit Center - Main Building, 2nd floor

  • Public Safety - 3201 Arch St., Suite 350

  • Office of Information Resources and Technology - Korman Center, Room 128

  • Drexel at MCCC - Blue Bell Campus, Science Center, Room 239

  • Drexel at DCC - Marple Campus, Room 2319