The Medical Education Campus (MEC) held its annual Veterans Day Luncheon in honor of veterans, dependents and active duty members who served in the United States Armed Forces. Several students, faculty and staff participated in the program sponsored by the MEC Student Life and the Office of Military and Veterans Services.
Former MEC Provost Brian Foley was the guest speaker. Foley challenged all in attendance to think about the true meaning of service.
“You have the leadership skills to make a positive difference on campus and in your community,” said Foley. “Service means contributing to something greater than yourself.”
Other veteran attendees expressed their thoughts along with words of gratitude shared by NOVA faculty and students. A moment of silence was observed for those who have given their lives to serve their country. Free yoga sessions provided by Vetoga, a non-profit that works to bring yoga, meditation and healing arts to military veterans and their families was also offered, led by instructor Nahaku McFadden.
Information and resources were also provided to participants from several organizations including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs/Veteran Employment Services, American Veterans and Melwood Veterans Services.