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Veteran's Day observance planned

10/30/2006 —

Each year, as part of the observance of Veteran's Day at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, donations are collected for an organization which provides assistance to members of the military and their families and veterans. This year, donations collected will be sent to the Disabled Veterans of American (DAV).

Founded in 1920, when thousands of injured American servicemen were returning from World War I, the DAV is dedicated to bettering the lives of disabled veterans, members of the military, and their families. Whether providing a voice for disabled veterans on Capital Hill or helping individuals to complete claim forms, the DAV works tirelessly and without compensation. The DAV is not a government agency and receives no government funds. Currently a large number of disabled service men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are turning to the DAV for help.

Contributions will be collected until Friday, November 10. Donation receptacles are located in the campus bookstore, the registrar's office (Hayfield House 110), and the student aid office (Hayfield House 214).

On Friday, November 10, the campus will officially commemorate Veteran's Day by displaying a collection of letters from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Legacy Project in the Student Commons. These letters represent correspondence from those men and women who served in over 200 years of American conflicts, from the Revolutionary War to the war in Iraq. In addition, two veterans who are members of the Penn State Wilkes-Barre community, student Matthew Rutschky, and head librarian Bruce Reid, have graciously agreed to share photos and memorabilia from their personal experiences in the military.

For more information, contact Kathy Pesta at 570-675-9242 or kyp1@psu.edu.

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