NAU to host Veterans Week events for veterans, families, community members

NAU Veteran

Oct. 30, 2019

Northern Arizona University’s Veterans Success Center (VSC) will hold myriad events for veterans, community members and students in honor of the service veterans and active duty military have given and continue to give to our country. Join us in celebrating and supporting our veteran members’ diverse experiences and knowledge during NAU’s Veterans week held Nov. 4-9.

Veterans Week is a time to express gratitude and support to those who have served, to ensure that their incorporation into the NAU community is positive and successful and to share insight into the diverse and complex human experience.

Veterans Challenge Race: Bring a friend or come alone to participate in a series of themed challenges that put participants through the strains and demands of the jobs for each of the five military branches. Put to the test your problem-solving skills and physical abilities in teams of two while making friends and meeting new people. This event is open to all NAU students and staff and is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in the University Union Fieldhouse (Bldg. 30). Participants will be expected to sign a risk/liability waiver.

Flag Tribute: Three guest presenters will offer insight and knowledge of their experiences as a veteran, including transitioning from military to civilian life. Come join in celebration as NAU is declared a Purple Heart University: a recognition of the Military Order of the Purple Heart for universities that diligently support their military members, including active duty and veterans as well as their families. Please dress warmly for this ceremony beginning at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 on the University Union (Bldg. 30) west lawn.

Veterans Dinner: Do you like barbecue? Veterans and their families are invited to enjoy a free barbecue dinner co-sponsored by the VSC and Student Veterans for America (STA). The meal will include barbecue chicken, beef brisket, sides and deserts prepared and cooked by the staff of the 1899 Bar & Grill. Come get some free food beginning at 5 p.m. Nov. 6 on the back porch of the 1899 Bar & Grill. STA is a nonprofit organization focused on addressing the needs and concerns of American military veterans in all facets of higher education.

Moral Injury/Moral Courage Panel: A developing diagnosis, moral injury occurs when an individual is put into a situation where none of the choices fit their moral compass. As a result, this produces profound moral disorientation or emotional guilt and shame among many others symptoms. The event, held at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 in Ashurst Auditorium (Bldg. 11), will feature both veteran and civilian speakers who will discuss developments, experiences and the changing conversation around moral injury.

Tailgate/Football Game: To wrap up Veterans Week, the VSC will host a tailgate at the university open to all veterans in the community. Free tickets are available for community members and their families to watch the Lumberjacks take on Sacramento State. For more information, contact the VSC at (928) 523-8387. The tailgate will begin at noon Nov. 9 in the Skydome Parking Lot (P66) with kickoff at 2 p.m.

The VSC is dedicated to veterans’ success at NAU. They assist student veterans at every stage in their education experience, which includes the transition from military service, to the university environment and into their career field.

For more information, contact Veteran and Military Services at (928) 523-8387 or visit them on Facebook.

Student veterans in the NAU veterans lounge
Students relax in NAU’s veterans lounge.