Veterans Week concluded on Nov. 11 with the UNC Charlotte Military Appreciation Football Game. Photo by Chris Crews.

The Veteran Services Office and the Student Veterans of America sponsored a weeklong celebration to honor veterans Nov. 6 through Nov. 11.

Curtis Chancy, president of Student Veterans Association, didn’t task the week long celebration alone.

“It was kind of a combined effort from all of the work studies, Student Veterans Association and the Dean of Students Office. It wasn’t one sole planner,” she said.

The Student Veterans Association also occupies a veteran’s lounge in the Popp Martin Student Union across from the 49er card office.

“The lounge is a necessary space. It gives service members the camaraderie that we all miss once we get out,” Chancey said. “It allows them to regain that and it’s a study space. The majority of us all take the same majors so it’s a good way to stay in the loop with your professor. Here, we actually do get high traffic. Veterans are here at any given time, probably a hundred a day.”

Throughout the week of Nov. 6, the campus community was encouraged to write a message of appreciation on the Veterans Honor Wall in the Popp Martin Student Union Rotunda. UNC Charlotte has a tradition of supporting the success of student veterans going back to its origins as the Charlotte Center in 1946.

The 2017 veteran’s celebration included a week of events:

Monday, Nov. 6

  • Camo Classic and BBQ

Tuesday, Nov. 7

  • Military Diversity Movie Night

Wednesday, Nov. 8

  • The U.S. Army College Leadership Tour
  • A Warrior Breakfast

Thursday, Nov. 9

  • The U.S. Army College Leadership Tour
  • A Roll Call Remembrance Student in which veterans remembered North Carolina service members who lost their lives in the “Global War on Terror”

The weeklong celebration concluded on Nov. 11 with the UNC Charlotte Military Appreciation Football Game versus Middle Tennessee State.

Recruiting Operations Officer Rick Nash has been with the Army ROTC Department at UNC Charlotte for nine years. The week long celebration has proved to be a win-win for Nash, especially the U.S. Army College Leadership Tours that took place on Wednesday and Thursday.

“I can talk to any student on campus about the opportunities available to them, specifically scholarships or the commissioning aspect of the army,” Nash said.

Nash emphasizes leadership development during his semester classes and labs.

“It’s very eye opening on how much a student matures over a four year period,” he said. “They go from being this shy freshman to the top leader in our senior class leading students with confidence. I think that’s the biggest thing that I love watching every day.”