Dear Members of the Drexel Community,

Each year, Veterans Day gives us the opportunity to honor, celebrate, and thank our fellow citizens who have served in the United States Armed Forces, while also recognizing the courage and sacrifice of our military families.

As a Yellow Ribbon School since 2009, Drexel University has demonstrated its appreciation to the more than 600 student-veterans and military dependents who enroll each year across all our undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools by paying their remaining tuition expenses not covered by the post-9/11 GI Bill. Bringing to Drexel their exceptional problem-solving skills, global experiences, love of country, and unending devotion to service, these extraordinary individuals — along with military-affiliated faculty, professional staff and alumni — advance our teaching, research, and civic mission beyond measure

Throughout the month, we will have many opportunities to express our gratitude to those who have served our country, including a series of Veterans and Military Family Appreciation events tomorrow. I encourage all members of the Drexel community to join in tomorrow's Veterans Day Tribute from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. The tribute will feature a panel discussion, "Beyond the Uniform: The I in Military," in which Drexel professional staff and alumni will draw on their military and University experiences to explore ways to execute a mission without sacrificing personal identity or values. This hybrid event will include options to attend in person at Gerri C. LeBow Hall or via livestream. Additional events are listed here.

You can also show your appreciation to our military personnel and their families by contributing to Drexel's annual Active-Duty Care Package Drive between Nov. 11 and Dec. 2. Donations of personal care items, books, stationery or packaged snacks may be dropped off at Drexel Central, the Center for Military and Veteran Services, the Department of Public Safety or the lobbies of the Recreation Center and the Health Sciences Building.

Meanwhile, let us seize every opportunity to demonstrate our profound appreciation to the military veterans and their families at Drexel and beyond for their service, valor, and ongoing commitment to our highest values and principles.


John Fry

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