I was blessed to participate in the Veterans Day Celebration last Friday at Georgia Gwinnett College. It was the third such Veterans Day celebration at the school, and the second in the row that I would participate in.
Beginnings of the Day
The day began early for members the Coalition of Veterans Engagement, Readiness, Trust, (COVERT), which is a Registered Student Organization of Georgia Gwinnett College, and a chapter of Student Veterans of America. The coalition consist of veterans who are enrolled at the school, and is an organization that I am a member of.
Organization members arrived at 6:00 am. to place miniature U.S. flags around the main campus. The group was lead by John Maison, who is the Veterans Services Coordinator for the school, and is a former president of COVERT. COVERT consist of student veterans of all the military branches. You can find more information about COVERT on their Facebook page which is at: https://www.facebook.com/GGCCOVERT/
Veterans Museum Display
The Gwinnett Veterans Memorial Museum was kind enough to provide items that were displayed on the second floor of the Student Center of the school. Display items included uniforms worn by actual service members, a mine sweeper, a Kevlar helmet, a book of submarines, and an encased U.S. flag, along with other items. You can find more information about the museum at: http://vetmemorialmuseum.tripod.com/
Veterans Day Breakfast
The Georgia Gwinnett College Army ROTC opened the breakfast by presenting the colors. After presentation of the colors, I led the attendees in the saying of the Pledge of Allegiance. John Maison was the host of the breakfast. While everyone ate, I conducted a giveaway of prizes provided by the school’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore.
The breakfast was attended by members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5255, which is the local post for Gwinnett County. Veterans of Foreign Wars is a supporter of Student Veterans of America, and several members of COVERT are members of the local post.
Congressman Rob Woodall, who represents the 7th District of Georgia, spoke at the breakfast. I honestly have no idea what he was talking about. Maybe, it was because of my hearing impairment, so I will have to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Student Veterans of America
As mentioned previously, COVERT is a chapter of Student Veterans of America. John Maison, the school’s Veteran Services Coordinator, is one of the founders of the chapter.
Student Veterans of America, (SVA), is a coalition of student-veteran groups located on colleges throughout the U.S., and around the world. SVA provides support and resources to veterans to succeed in higher education and following graduation. SVA supports over 500,000 veterans located at over 1,300 schools, and has awarded over $1 million in scholarships to veterans since 2011.
SVA conducts quarterly Local Leadership Summits in every region of country. SVA also provides grants to campuses for construction of Vet Centers, which gives student veterans a place to study and socialize.
SVA works with members of Congress to ensure protection of the G.I. Bill, that college is accessible and affordable, and that veterans are well represented on Capitol Hill. To find out more about Student Veterans of America, look here: http://studentveterans.org/