Warrior Week allows UA community to interact with, honor veterans
World War II veteran Stuart Moser, right, helps staff sergeant Cruz Garcia, left, retire the Old Glory Relay flag until the next morning in front of Old Main on Oct. 5, 2016. Events began on Nov. 6 with the Veterans of All Eras meet and greet.
The University of Arizona Veteran Services Office is organizing various events leading up to the UA’s Warrior Week occurring in honor of Veteran’s Day on Nov. 10.
“We’re ramping up our events that we’re hosting for Veteran’s day, so we’re trying to do the biggest one in, I think, in UA history," said Stephen Westby, from Student Veterans of America at the UA. “We’re doing what we can do to get our veterans up and out there."
Westby, himself a five-year veteran of the U.S. Army, said that the idea of Warrior Week is to give back to the veterans. Especially the student veterans at the UA.
Events began on Nov. 6 with the Veterans of All Eras meet and greet. The event was specifically for the veterans who served prior to 9/11. The lunch was organized by Vietnam War veterans in order to let all of the other veterans know what kind of services are offered to them around campus.
On Nov. 7, the Vet’s Military Connected Student Barbeque took place on the UA mall. All students were invited to enjoy grilled food and participate in outdoor activities and games.
On Nov. 8, the Helping our Homeless Veterans clothing drive was launched at the UA farmer market.
“We’re gonna throw a table out there and collect as much clothes as we can to give back to the homeless veterans of Tucson, of which there are over 250," Westby said.
The drive included canned goods, hygiene products and lots of clothing.
Also on Nov. 8 was a Veteran’s Alliance lunch, “the whole purpose of which is to instill a sense of knowledge with our faculty, with our advisers, with our teachers and our other UA staff to say that Veterans don’t necessarily need to be treated differently, but we’d love if folks understood the experience that we had going through this college life, cause it’s a little different.” Westby said.
Nov. 9 is the most eventful day of Warrior Week. Starting at 5:45 a.m., a flag-raising ceremony recognizing veterans will be held with the Native American Student Association as part of Native American Heritage Month.
At 7:00 a.m. at the UA mall, Campus Rec is hosting a military appreciation walk/run around the mall.
Shortly after, at 7:15 a.m., there is another flag-raising ceremony at the Banner University Medical Center.
From 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there will be the fourth annual “Celebrating Our Veterans Luncheon” down at UA South.
All day on the mall, the UA Air Force ROTC is hosting a Boots For Vets event, allowing people the opportunity to donate their old military shoes. This event is held by the Red Cross Foundation.
Saturday, Nov. 11, Arizona Athletics is featuring Military Appreciation Night during the Wildcats' last home football game of the season. The game will feature several military-themed events, and before the game there's an opportunity to buy tickets for games to be donated to veterans.
To participate, enter the promo code FBTROOPS2017 at ArizonaWildcats.com/promo. The deadline is Nov. 10 at 5 p.m.
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