The Jackson County Veterans Support Group, along with Western Carolina University’s Student Veterans Association, will hold the annual military panel discussion, “Unseen Scars,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the A.K. Hinds University Center’s theater.
The panel will feature six to eight veterans ranging from Vietnam War veterans to WCU graduates who have served in the armed forces, said Tom Baker, a member of the Jackson County Veterans Support Group. This is the third year for the panel discussion, which is part of the Veterans Day celebration.
“They talk about their experiences in the military,” Baker said. “Most of them are combat vets. They talk about coming back home and some of the problems they’ve encountered assimilating into civilian life with family and work. Also, several of them came to Western and they talk about the problems they had getting back into school.”
Baker said the previous two discussions were well received.
“We’re trying to give an opportunity to the young students at Western to come and listen to and understand what some of these vets go through,” Baker said. “We encourage any students and non-students who are interested to come listen to us.”
Members of WCU’s Student Veterans Association work to engage student veterans and their dependents and supporters in a successful transition through their academic lives and by improving the quality of their university experience.
On Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. there will be a Veterans’ Day Vigil at the fountain in the Central Plaza.
On Friday, Nov. 11, WCU’s Military Student Services will host a lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Illusions in the University Center for faculty, staff and student veterans and military dependents.
By Marlon W. Morgan