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DU celebrates Veterans Week with variety of programs

The POW/MIA flag flies with the U.S. flag for Veterans Day

The flag pole outside of DU's Mary Reed Building is flying the POW/MIA banner in honor of Veterans Day Nov. 11. Photo: Jeffrey Haessler

The University of Denver is offering a variety of activities in recognition of Veterans Week.

Among the scheduled events is the Division of Athletics and Recreation’s Veterans/Military Appreciation Day on Friday, Nov. 11. Tickets for the event are free to individuals with a military ID.

“By recognizing the military veterans at our games, we show our commitment to serve, support and honor those that protect us at home and abroad,” says Angel Field, assistant athletic director of in-event production and strategic partnerships. “We are thrilled to host three events and share the Denver Pioneer spirit with the military community.”

Veterans Week events include:

VA Benefits Enrollment and Briefing
Nov. 9, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Driscoll Bridge
Charles Bruen, manager for the Denver Veterans Affairs Regional Office, will be available to answer questions about VA benefits and assist with enrollment. He will present a briefing on VA benefits in the Commerce Room (behind Jazzman’s Café) from 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Dining Hall Raid
Nov. 10, 6:30–7:30 p.m., various locations
Organized by the Student Spirit Committee in the Division of Athletics and Recreation, student Spirit Committee members will visit campus dining facilities to promote Friday’s Veterans/Military Appreciation Day event and Saturday’s Pioneer hockey game vs. Colorado College.

“Let’s Talk about Stress Baby”
Nov. 10, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Driscoll Center Underground
The DU Health and Counseling Center will offer student veterans and student service members stress relieving activities and information, one-on-one consultations and five-minute massages.

Veterans/Military Appreciation Day
Nov. 11, 5 p.m.–7 p.m.
Individuals showing a military ID will receive two free bags of popcorn and free admission to the 5 p.m. women’s basketball game vs. Loyola Marymount, the 6 p.m. women’s volleyball game vs. North Texas, and the 7 p.m. men’s basketball game vs. Portland State. Tickets for all others for all three games are $11. Local color guards and ROTC groups will present at both the women’s and men’s games, and a member of the Wounded Warrior Project will be honored at each basketball game. Greek Life will sponsor a pre-game tailgate in the student courtyard, and camouflage “Proud to be a Pioneer” t-shirts will be distributed to the first 300 students. The event is organized by the Student Spirit Committee in the Division of Athletics and Recreation.

Veterans Legal Clinic
Nov. 11, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Bo Matthews Center, 3030 Downing Street in Denver
Veterans will have an opportunity to meet with an attorney free of charge to get information on topics such as veteran’s resources, benefits, taxes, housing and family law. The clinic is sponsored by the Colorado Bar Association and CBA Young Lawyers Division.

The Center for Multicultural Excellence is taking the lead on organizing services and support for former military students.

“This week and these events help our veterans know that the DU community is proud of their service, and thanks them for having made such personal sacrifices,” says Johanna Leyba, assistant provost for inclusive excellence. “This is only a first step in the University’s ongoing efforts to provide services and programming to welcome and support our former military students, staff and faculty.”


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