EKU VETS Recognized As National Program of the Year

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Eastern Kentucky University’s Veterans Education and Transition Support (VETS) organization was honored as national Program of the Year by the Student Veterans of America (SVA) for “The Journal of Military Experience.”

Four future VETS leaders received the honor at the closing banquet of the SVA’s fourth annual national conference in Las Vegas, Nev.

Released earlier this year, “The Journal of Military Experience” is a 135-page book filled with 29 stories, poems and artwork from 19 EKU students who served in the military.

“It is a published anthology of writings of EKU student veterans sharing their experiences and the harshness of war,” said EKU VETS President Ryan Donahue.

“The Journal of Military Experience” may be purchased in the Veterans Affairs office in Room 442 of the Student Success Building, Hastings store in the Richmond Centre or on amazon.com.

The book and its contributors, Editor Travis Martin said in the introduction, are “trying to translate entirely foreign experiences into a language that others – and the writers themselves – can understand. Most of the authors are student veterans making the transition from military to civilian life ... reshaping their skills and knowledge into something palpable for existence in a strange new reality.”

With a mission “to assist in promoting the morale, welfare and assimilation of veterans, their family members and those who support them into the campus community,” EKU VETS is “a collective of veterans to support new student veterans,” Donahue said. “Various welcome-back events, fundraising and community service opportunities bring veterans together and recreate that ‘unit cohesion’ feeling.

“All the hard work the leadership of EKU VETS has put into the program has paid off for some well-deserved recognition,” Donahue said. “The mission is not over, and with wars ending, student veterans will be pouring into institutions of higher learning, and it is our sole duty to bring them to EKU and ensure their academic and professional success.”

Published on December 14, 2011