Grad student. Loving father. Veteran. Twenty-five-year-old Douglas Oeser holds all these titles. Oeser is one of UT’s student veterans. He served the US Army in Afghanistan from 2007 to 2008 and again from 2009 to 2010. Oeser recalled that the transition from soldier to student wasn’t easy.
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The number of military veterans and their dependents enrolling at UT has been increasing. University officials say there have been 799 student veterans or their dependents enrolled this year—a jump of more than 70 percent since 2009. Last fall, the university established the Task Force in Support of Student Veterans to better serve the veterans in the UT community. Veterans Day is Sunday, November 11, and the university is commemorating the day through several events throughout the month.
UT Knoxville will join more than 180 universities across the country on Friday, November 11, to honor the more than 6,300 American casualties of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. The Remembrance Day National Roll Call will begin at 8:00 a.m. in Circle Park.