Temple honors veterans during Military Pride Month
Temple's Office of Veteran's Affairs has designated November as Military Pride Month, an opportunity for the university community to honor veteran students, faculty and staff who have served or are serving in the U.S. armed forces.
As part of the month-long recognition, Temple will host Military Appreciation Day on Friday, Nov. 9. Ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m. in the Learning Center auditorium at Temple Ambler and in the Founder’s Garden on Main Campus. The ceremonies will include the singing of the National Anthem and a color guard representing all branches of military service. There will also be a wreath-laying service commemorating those who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Speakers at the Ambler event will include Colonel James S. White, U.S. Army Retired, member of the Temple University Board of Trustees and executive vice president emeritus; Captain Antonia Greene, U.S. Army National Guard and Temple Ambler alumna and ROTC graduate; and David Ortiz, U.S. Navy Reserves and Temple Ambler student. Guest speakers at the Main Campus ceremony include World War II veteran Leonard Goldman, United States Army; Major General Wesley Craig, Adjutant General, Pennsylvania National Guard; and Marsha Four, executive director, Philadelphia Veterans Multi-Service and Education Center.
A luncheon provided by Sodexo will be held for all Temple veterans and current servicemen following the ceremonies in Bright Hall Lounge at Ambler and in the the Johnson and Hardwick Hall dining center on Main Campus.
In addition to the formal events, faculty and staff are encouraged to decorate their offices to demonstrate their pride and to offer coffee, donuts or other comforts to military students and veterans.
"I think our veterans and service members are deserving of this type of recognition for all they have done for our country,” said Laura Reddick, Temple’s associate director for adult and veteran-student recruitment.
The November programs are an extension of Temple’s commitment to active military and veteran students, said Reddick. Over the past several years, the university has established a robust infrastructure to help them achieve their educational goals and address issues that affect their lives.
Temple helps to ease the transition from military life to campus life by voluntarily participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which allows veterans who are fully eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill to apply for additional educational benefits such as tuition support and stipends for housing and books.
In addition, the university’s Veterans Task Force Committee plans and implements educational and social programs for Temple veterans. The Office of the Registrar has streamlined the application process to ease veterans’ transition to college, and the Office of Veteran Affairs hosts virtual information sessions for military personnel who are still in active duty but are considering higher education.
The university’s Disability Resources and Services office assists veterans with physical or mental disabilities and student-veterans have access to the Temple Veterans Association (TVA), a student organization run by student-veterans that hosts guest speakers and organizes career fairs, employer panels and networking events.
Temple has been nationally recognized for its support of veteran students, faculty and staff. For the fourth consecutive year, the university was named to G.I. Jobs Magazine’s Military Friendly Schools list recognizing the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that offer the most support to America’s military servicemembers and veterans. The list is compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
For more information about Temple’s commitment to serving veterans, visit the Office of Veteran Affairs website.