West Virginia University will hold its fourth annual WVU Veterans Appreciation Breakfast, Friday, Nov. 11 from 8-9:30 a.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center.

WVU employee veterans and student veterans are invited as well as veterans from the Morgantown area.

This event is hosted by the President’s Office for Social Justice and Division of Human Resources. It will include a Presentation of Colors, National Anthem, “Taps” and guest speakers.

“We are delighted to pay tribute to the men and women Veterans who have served our great country. The Military Breakfast is a time for us to recognize accomplishments and honor all who have fought for our freedom,” said Jennifer McIntosh, executive officer for social justice.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Col. Douglas L. Flohr, the deputy director of operations of the Army G3/5/7 Biometrics Identity Management Agency. He also serves as Site Manager for BIMA offices in Clarksburg.

WVU President Jim Clements will provide remarks and Jack Bowman, the civilian aide to the Secretary of the Army for West Virginia and WVU professor emeritus of law, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

Veterans are asked to RSVP by Nov. 7 at: http://employment.hr.wvu.edu/veterans_appreciation_breakfast_2011.

WVU’s Faculty Senate has designated Veterans Day as a “Day of Concern,” which gives WVU veterans/military students the option to miss classes on Nov. 11 in order to participate in events and ceremonies. Instructors have been asked to make allowance for veterans/military students to be excused from class. Supervisors are asked to be flexible to permit WVU employee veterans to attend the Veterans Appreciation Breakfast.

“WVU values and appreciates its veteran employees and veteran students for the sacrifices these individuals have made for all of us,” said Trisha Gyurke, director of employment services.

WVU recently hosted its third annual Veterans’ Summit, “Communication Across Veteran Programs—Reaching West Virginia’s Vets,” to help increase communication with and among veterans and service providers in the areas of health care, employment and education. Also, WVU’s College of Law recently partnered with the Louis A. Johnson VA Healthcare System for a program in which WVU law students will provide free legal advice to veterans.

In addition to these recent developments, WVU offers a number of programs and support systems to aid veterans’ transition to student life with special course sections, faculty contacts and a veteran’s payment plan. WVU also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which helps veteran students with tuition and other fees that may not be covered under the Post 9/11 GI Bill tuition benefit.

WVU has been listed among the nation’s “military friendly schools” by G.I. Jobs for the third straight year for its efforts.

Transportation to and from the breakfast will be provided for WVU employee veterans and student veterans. Pick up will be in front of the Mountainlair at 7:40 a.m. Following the event, transportation will be provided back to the Mountainlair.

For more information, contact Amanda White at 304-293-7894.



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