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WSCC Pays Honor to Veterans Veterans: You’ve served your country, now it’s time to let WSCC serve you

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To all veterans of the United States military: you've honorably served your country...now it's time to think of service to yourself. Washington State Community College (WSCC) is honoring local service men and women this Veteran's Day with special campus demonstrations and letting veterans know how the College can serve their needs.

November 11- 15 has been designated "Veterans Week" at WSCC. During the week, a wall of gratitude will be set up in the College's main lobby; pens and markers will be available for students and visitors to write notes of gratitude and appreciation to all veterans, including those on campus. Greg Mitchell, Associate Director of Advising & Veterans Affairs and WSCC Veterans Club advisor, has been organizing personal memorabilia from student veterans to be placed in a glass case next to the wall. Campus will be closed on Monday, November 11 in recognition of the Veterans Day holiday.

Recognized as a "military-friendly" school, Washington State Community College is home to a population of veteran students who are enhancing their military experience with post-secondary education as they re-enter civilian life. Veterans encounter unique challenges when they leave the military. Their experiences in the military influence their reactions to incidences in civilian life. WSCC understands these concerns and wants to help facilitate the transition that these veterans face.

"Hearing sounds similar to those in combat, being in enclosed spaces for long periods of time, and having your back to a door or window are just a few physical issues that veterans deal with differently than a typical college student," says Greg Mitchell, Associate Director of Advising & Veterans Affairs. Mitchell, who is a veteran himself, spoke about what Veterans Day means to him. He views November 11th as a "time to remember my many friends that I served with during my 20 years in the military (USAF)."

In addition, Mitchell also talked about the meaning that Veterans Day can hold not only for veterans, but also for civilians. "Veterans Day is a time to give thanks to all who have fought for our freedoms and defended our country. It is also an important opportunity to educate others who may not know about the sacrifices our military members and their family members make when they volunteer to serve our country." These meanings are important for people across the country to think about as we celebrate Veterans Day.

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