Honoring our Veterans
Veterans Week activities at Marist include visit from Mobile Vet Center
POUGHKEEPSIE (Nov. 8, 2013) – Members of the Marist College community are encouraged to visit the Student Center Rotunda on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11, to view a special exhibit recognizing the men and women who currently serve or have served in our military.
While our military veterans study and work among us, few call attention to their record of service. This exhibit is designed to provoke quiet contemplation in the rush of our modern days and serve as a gesture of acknowledgement and thanks. During the exhibition, visitors will have an opportunity to write a letter to a member of the military currently serving in Afghanistan.
The exhibit will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Also as part of its activities related to the observance of Veteran’s Day, Marist College will host the Mobile Vet Center, which provides outreach and education to veterans and their families, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, to celebrate the strength and honor the service of our student veterans and all the veterans in the Marist Community.
The Vet Centers were born in the 1970s as a direct result of the efforts of Vietnam combat veterans to access entitlements. Originally known as the Vietnam Veterans Outreach Programs, the programs were built on the guiding principle: veterans helping veterans. That tradition has remained, although now the counselors (approximately 80 percent of whom are veterans) are licensed clinicians.
The purpose of the Mobile Vet Center is to bring the services of the VA and the Vet Centers to the veterans in the community. The Vet Centers have the ability to provide education about services, to make connections when needed, and to hear directly from veterans regarding what kinds of services they need in their communities to make the successful transition from warrior to the civilian world.
The Mobile Vet Center will be staffed by two veterans: an Iraq combat veteran and a clinical social worker who is a Vet Team Leader and the lead teacher in Adelphi University’s Post Graduate Certificate in Military Trauma Treatment.