by Zach Redwood
Northeast Campus Editor
Veterans overseas have no means of knowing how much they are appreciated until the people stateside take it upon themselves to let it be known.
This is why Tulsa Community College (TCC) took the time to do its part in letting veterans know that they are extremely valued.
From Nov. 7-11, TCC students were given the opportunity to write thank you notes to veterans serving overseas. Students stopped by Student Life and wrote thank you notes, which were then passed along to Blue Star Mothers to be sent to the troops.
Large thank you signs were posted in the student unions. Students and staff wrote thoughtful messages and thank you notes on the sign.
In addition to the notes, care packages called Freedom Boxes were put together. Students and staff contributed items that will meet a soldiers needs and were sent along with the thank you notes.
There is nothing like receiving mail from a loved one while serving. The struggle that these troops have to deal with is a real test.
Specialist Aaron Hess, an Operation Enduring Freedom veteran says,
“When I was in Afghanistan I remember getting care packages from my mom and family. Whether its junk food or essentials like baby wipes and foot powder. We were always thrilled to get mail.”
TCC’s postcards and boxes hope to thrill soldiers when they arrive. When asked about which items are crucial to soldiers, Hess explained what was great to get when he was deployed in Afghanistan.
“Socks, socks, and socks are vital. Deodorant is also a must. Trust me. Getting notes and letters was also great. It took your mind off things when you read them.”
A list of other appropriate items is available at the Student Activities office if anyone would like to create his or her own package.
The college also put together a meet up before the Veteran’s Day parade at the Metro Campus.
Before the Veteran’s Day parade started at 11 a.m., students arrived at the Metro Campus at 9:30 a.m. The first 20 participants in the meet up received a TCC blue scarf to wear. The group then attended the parade in downtown Tulsa.
A “Rally at the Flag Pole” flag raising ceremony took place at all campuses. TCC offered a chance to salute the American flag and give a moment of silence and a “thank you for your service” for all service veterans.
November is about giving thanks and thanking veterans is an important part of American life.
Representatives from TCC and military support groups encourage everyone to thank a veteran for their service and let them know that they have your support.