Officer flag holders and Steve Pepper saluting at 9-11 Memorial Rededication at Moraine Park

As Moraine Park continues its “Year of the Student Veteran” activities we have several events that are taking place during the week of Veterans Day on all three Moraine Park campuses. Each day the college will recognize a branch of the service with a flag raising, starting Monday November 7th with the raising of the Army flag. Tuesday will be a tribute to the Marines, Wednesday we will honor the Navy, Thursday the Air Force and Friday year-of-the-studenet-veteran-logothe Coast Guard. The flag will be raised NLT 8:15 a.m. each morning on all of three campuses, with veterans and the public encouraged to attended to honor each branch of the service.

In addition to the flag raisings, and service recognition, the Mobile Vet Center (MVC) will be available to assist students, staff and members of the community. The MVC is a confidential counseling area on wheels, providing a safe and private environment for veterans to talk to a licensed professional counselor. The MVC attends veteran/military related events throughout the state of Wisconsin and 65% of Vet Center staff are veterans themselves so not only are you talking to a licensed professional, you are talking to a licensed professional who has served in the United States Military.  Here is the schedule for the MVC:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday
Fond du Lac Campus Beaver Dam Campus West Bend Campus
Parking Lot C Back parking Lot Parking Lot T-2
11:30 am. – 1:00 p.m. 11:30 am. – 1:00 p.m. 11:30 am. – 1:00 p.m.

Beaver Dam will be wrapping up its Christmas in a Shoebox event on Wednesday November 9th. Students and staff will be boxing up all the care package items that have been collected since September and inserting a special message to those serving. The care packages will be shipped overseas to Wisconsin service members currently serving during the holidays.

Lastly, Project 22, a non-profit documentary, follows two veterans Doc King and Dan Egbert, on a 6500 mile motorcycle ride across project-22the country to raise awareness of the high number of veteran suicides that occur each day. Along the way the two discover holistic methods of “Post Traumatic Growth” and meet “inspirational warriors” who have overcome extreme difficulties in their Post military lives. Comprised of real conversations with warriors, providers and researchers, Project 22 needs no combat footage to comprehensively explore the transition home, and leaves audiences hopeful and motivated to take action.

The showings will take place in the West Bend campus commons with a light lunch provided free to students, sponsored by the Student Senate and the Student Life Coordinator.

The first hour will be shown on Tuesday November 1st from 11:30 to 12:30 and the second hour on Tuesday, November 8th. Moraine Park will be streaming the film, simultaneously on the Fond du Lac and Beaver Dam campuses and the event is open to the public. Rooms to be determined.

This film is for Veterans, families and anyone who has dealt with trauma, loss or depression.

For more information on any of these events please contact Steve Pepper, Student Veteran Specialist for Moraine Park Technical College at 920-924-3489 or spepper1@morainepark.edu. And, for more general information on our Veteran benefits and services, please visit morainepark.edu/veterans.

Stephen Pepper
Written by Stephen Pepper
Student Veterans Specialist