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Serving Has its Benefits at SVCC

November 2010
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Group to Donate Items for Troops Overseas

Sauk Valley Community College salutes all veterans that have served in the United States Armed Forces. Please take the opportunity to thank our veterans for their service and dedication to our freedom. We at SVCC are proud that more than 130 of our students are veterans and more than 15 of our current employees are veterans.

To help our service men and women overseas, Sauk is accepting donations of personal items that will be sent to troops. From Thursday, November 11, through Wednesday, November 17, donations of items may be dropped off in the donation box across from the Counseling Office. Anyone that would prefer to make a monetary donation may bring their donation to Tom Breed, veterans’ affairs coordinator, in the Counseling office, or Kristina Fordyce, veterans' affairs, in the student financial assistance office. A list of items needed by service men and women will be available at the donation box. You may also go to:

Origins of Veterans Day

Accoring to information from the Veterans Day National Committee, Raymond Weeks of Birmingham, Alabama, organized a Veterans Day parade for that city on November 11, 1947. Later, U.S. Rep. Edward H. Rees of Kansas proposed legislation changing the name of Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all who have served. In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day, and issued a Presidential Order directing the formation of a Veterans Day National Committee to organize and oversee the national observance. In 1968, Congress moved Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. However, November 11 was historically significant to so many Americans, in 1978 Congress returned the observance of Veterans Day to its traditional date.

The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11 at Arlington National Cemetery. At 11 a.m., a color guard of members from each branch honors America’s war dead at the Tomb of the Unknowns. The President (or designee) places a wreath at the Tomb and a bugler sounds “Taps.” The ceremony also includes“Parade of Flags” by veterans’ organizations.

The Difference between Veterans Day and Memorial Day

Memorial Day was originally set aside as a day to remember and honor the men and women killed in battle or died from wounds sustained in battle. Veterans Day, which also remembers those who died, is intended to honor all living veterans for their service in wartime or peacetime, acknowledge their contribution to our national security, and to underscore that all those who served - living and dead - have sacrificed and done their duty.

Living veterans remaining from America's wars (as of November 1, 2010) include:

  • World War I - 1
  • World War II - 2,079,000
  • Korean War - 2,507,000
  • Vietnam War - 7,569,000
  • Gulf War - 2,254,000
  • War on Terror - Unavailable

The College is also a proud partner in the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.

All veterans are entitled to educational benefits. Opportunities at Sauk include scholarship opportunities through local foundations and grants, state and federal educational benefits, and readjustment counseling and outreach services for all veterans that served in any combat zone.

Registration for spring 2011 semester classes is going on now. For more information, call Sauk’s Office of Student Financial Assistance at 815/288-5511, ext. 339.