As a poet and military veteran, MFA candidate Jeb Herrin has found success—and solace—drawing on his five years as a medic with the third infantry division during Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Herrin, who will participate in the graduate hooding ceremony on Thursday, has won awards for his poetry and had his work published several journals and an anthology. His thesis is a compilation of war poems.
The Veterans Resource Center is scheduled to open during the 2016-2017 academic year on the ground floor of John C. Hodges Library. While the location is being completed, a temporary space will open later this month in Dunford Hall Room 2417.
The newly unveiled Remembering Our Fallen memorial for Tennessee soldiers who died in the line of duty has arrived at UT, where it will be displayed during November and will be part of the campus’ fifth annual National Day of Remembrance and Roll Call event on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11.
The newly unveiled Remembering Our Fallen Tennessee memorial is coming to UT for the month of November and will be part of campus’ fifth annual National Day of Remembrance and Roll Call event on Veterans Day, November 11.
The College of Social Work is making veteran-specific education for social workers more accessible, including free online workshops and a trauma certificate program.
Two soon-to-be graduates of College of Law are a step closer to becoming judge advocates in the US Marine Corps. William Bateman, of Memphis, and Marc Napolitana, of Westford, Massachusetts, will graduate from the College of Law on Friday.
UT’s Veterans Resource Team will distribute 1,500 Buddy Poppies for faculty, staff, and students to wear the week of Memorial Day, May 25–29. Last year, the group gave out 1,000 poppies with more than 500 additional requests.
The university’s Task Force in Support of Student Veterans plans to distribute 1,000 “Buddy Poppies” to faculty, staff, and students to wear the week before Memorial Day, May 19 through 24. Last year, the Task Force passed out 1,000 poppies, and had more than 500 additional requests. The Buddy Poppy movement was started by the Veterans of Foreign Wars organization after World War I. It was inspired by the poem “In Flanders Field” by John McCrae, which described the red poppies growing on a battle site where many soldiers were buried.
UT will celebrate Veterans Day on Monday, November 11, with its third annual National Day of Remembrance and Roll Call. The university will also create a “flag garden” on the south lawn of Ayres Hall as a visual acknowledgment of veterans, who are serving or have served, and UT Libraries will set up an exhibit of World War I and Civil War memorabilia. Members of the campus community are invited to place a flag in the flag garden in honor of a veteran. Flags can be reserved free of charge online.
The Task Force in Support of Student Veterans at UT has another big idea for supporting student veterans. They plan to pass out 1,000 “Buddy Poppies” to faculty, staff, and students to wear the week before Memorial Day, May 20 through 25. Last year, the Task Force passed out 500 poppies and saw enough interest to double the distribution this year.