OCC paid tribute to its student veteran community with a ceremony and open house on Veterans Day. The event was held in the Office of Veterans Affairs which is located on the first floor of Coulter Library.
College President Casey Crabill thanked student veterans for their contributions both to the nation and the College. “You are a huge part of the campus. Even though we only take one day out of the year to recognize you it’s a very important day for me personally and for the entire college. We owe you a huge ‘thank you.’ We wouldn’t be what we are if you hadn’t done what you did.”
Keith Stevenson is the Coordinator of OCC’s Office of Veterans Affairs. During the ceremony he read a powerful poem titled “It is the Soldier” by Charles M. Provence:
It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us the freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
OCC’s Office of Veterans Affairs supports the more than 300 student veterans on campus. As a result of its outstanding service OCC has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs Magazine for the fourth year in a row for “going above and beyond to provide transitioning veterans the best possible experience in higher education.”