Honoring veterans should take place year round on Main Campus.
Although administrators and university officials utilized Friday, Nov. 11, to formally honor Temple veterans, recognizing students and faculty for their services to the United States shouldn’t be on a once-a-year basis.
Members of the armed forces that now call themselves Owls should be given a chance at assimilating into Main Campus life in the same fashion as their peers, and they should also be praised for their contribution to our society as a whole.
It’s no secret that many men and women who have served our country have witnessed unfathomable scenes not for the faint of heart. These images greatly contrast civilian life–posing the need for a transition period between moving from the trenches to Temple.
During the past year, Temple has doubled the number of student veterans attending the university. Let’s keep it that way.
In addition to supporting university-sponsored events, students and organizations should find a way to give back to those who fought for our country.
Likewise, the university should consistently be reevaluating its relationship with veterans. Student veterans, especially, should be made aware of all potential benefits they may be eligible to receive.
The university’s veteran affairs department should continually reach out to these students in hopes of perfecting its services.
Ultimately, though, the entire community should be aware of veterans on Main Campus and find a way to extend its gratitude–not just on Veterans Day. By doing this, the university as a whole can offer them a sense comradeship. We owe them that much.