Celebrating Veterans Week 2019 at The University of Michigan

Celebrating Veterans Week 2019 at The University of Michigan

November 13, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


I say that veterans are ordinary human
beings who have done extraordinary things. We have about 780
or so depending on the year, faculty, staff who have served in the military or
are currently serving. We have about 360 student veterans. Veterans week at the
University of Michigan started off in 2008. The second year we had a Vietnam
veteran who works at the University said this the first time the university has
thanked me for my service. So we knew we had to do some bigger things for that.
Veterans week has spread from about four programs during that week to I
think currently we have 18 going on within about a week and a half. I think it’s
good again to interact with others and and hear the stories what people have to
say. Thank you for your service we appreciate the thanks for it but that
those words are sometimes a little uncomfortable. I’d much rather people say
“Oh you were in the service what did you do?” It opens the door where I can share what
I would like to share and see how you will receive what I share, in a very a
very non-judgmental way. So I would hope that civilians would
kind of participate veterans week programs because it’s really about them.
It showcases veterans and what they do but we also know a lot about, as
veterans we know kind of what we do we tell stories a lot between each other.
What I’d encourage people to do is really just engage. Go to events, reach
outside of your comfort zone. Leave kind of biases at the door what you may think
veterans, past experiences, and see how that they can get how they can
contribute. Again there they’re eager to come to the civilian society and make a
difference and contribute. So the more that civilians can engage with veterans
I think the better that veterans will feel they can contribute and feel
welcomed home and welcome back and welcome back into civilian society