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Warrior Week allows UA community to interact with, honor veterans

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Rebecca Noble | The Daily Wildcat

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​ ​U​​A. ​“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 ​U​​A.

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​ ​U​A​ ​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.

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​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 U​A​ ​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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