Veterans Association growing in members, service to others
Published: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2012 16:04
The Skyhawk Veterans Association had its first meeting recently and is ready for all those on campus who are veterans. It meets every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in Room 217 in the UC, with an annual fee of $10 for membership.
At the meeting, Michael Cochran, the Public Relations coordinator, spoke of ways to get the numbers of members climbing. So, for those of you who wear military backpacks or attire, please don’t be offended if one of the veteran members tries to make contact with you. According to Cochran, the number of veterans on campus is possibly 300 to 400.
President of the Skyhawk Veterans Association David Crum also spoke at the meeting. He informed members that the officers of the association will have privacy act training as soon as possible. He expressed that the Skyhawk Veterans Association is in need of an office or at least a mailbox for veterans to communicate with paper work or general mail.
Cochran said that the Skyhawk Veterans Association is one that has received the permission to represent itself with the Skyhawk name as a part of its official title. This is an honored title, as it is not earned easily.
Cochran expressed that the organization is here to be helpful to any veteran returning home and get them what they may need when entering college and readjusting to civilian life.
Veterans at UTM having served from Vietnam to the earlier stages of Desert Storm are here to help those who are returning from the Middle East and have a support system already in place. The organization is here to help give guidance, both emotionally and physically.
The Skyhawk Veterans Association is working with Ron Cheatam, Weakly Co. Veterans Representative, to perform landscaping for the Dresden Court house in the near future, so if you want to do some community work with a fellow veteran at beautifying a place of honor, look on Facebook or Org Sync on the UTM home page.
For any disabled veteran, contact Stephanie Mueller, who can take care of your interests concerning existing disabilities.
The organization says, “You are in good hands, and don’t be ashamed of needing help.”