Last updated on November 7, 2021
By Kristin Goodman
Volunteer State Community College’s Office of Adult Learners and Veterans Affairs will be honoring veteran students and their family members this Veterans Day with a free documentary showing and slideshow.
According to the Vol State website, “The Office of Adult Learners and Veterans Affairs (ALVA) is honored to be able to serve students who are serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces and their dependents. ALVA has the responsibility for certifying students who are eligible for VA benefits in order for them to receive those benefits and provide information about military training credits. You and your family have protected our freedom; now we are here to help you with your education.”
Veterans Affairs Associate Derek Gaumer sent an email to students Tuesday, Oct. 9, asking for photos of veteran students and their family members who have also served.
“These images, along with some info including who they are, years served, brand and rank, will be put into a slideshow that Jeff King (office of Diversity and Inclusion) will be presenting. It is something that has been done in past years and our offices wanted to continue the tradition to honor our veterans,” said Gaumer.
According to the campus event page, King will also be presenting the documentary “The Six Triple Eight” as a part of the commemoration.
“[The film] details the US Army’s decision in 1945 to send over more than 800 black women to England on an unknown mission. Their story is a significant piece of our history, as a country and as military, that is often overlooked and not talked about, since it presses the topics of gender roles and race. As a country, we still have a lot to learn about equality and how we treat our own,” said Gaumer.
The event will take place on Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, from 12:45 – 2:30 p.m. via Zoom. The Zoom link is accessible through the Campus Event page.
According to VA.gov, “ The restoration of the observance of Veterans Day to November 11 not only preserves the historical significance of the date, but helps focus attention on the important purpose of Veterans Day: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”