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Tech honors student veterans


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Kevin Flanary (left), director of Tech’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, and Chris Eckerts, a member of Tech’s Student Veterans Organization, are pictured inside the new Eagle’s Wing Student Veteran Center located on the third floor of the Jere Whitson Memorial Building.

Published Thursday Nov 9, 2017

Tennessee Tech’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs will hold a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday at 3 p.m. on the front of Derryberry Hall.

All veterans are invited to take part in the ceremony, but the focus will be on Tech’s student veterans.

“A lot of times, there is a general or an admiral or some officer who speaks. This year we are dedicating the ceremony to the student veterans on campus,” Kevin Flanary, director of Tech’s military and veterans affairs said. “We are going to have several student vets speak at the ceremony.”

Tech’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs helps 345 students on campus who are vets, spouses of vets or dependents of vets.

“I just came off active duty last May and I didn’t know what to expect coming into college,” said Chris Eckerts, who served in the Army and did one tour of duty in Afghanistan. “It’s really been successful.”

After the ceremony, there will be a grand opening and ribbon cutting for the new Eagle’s Wing Student Veteran Center located on the third floor of the Jere Whitson Memorial Building.

“We went from four chairs in it at the beginning of the summer, to now having all this stuff,” Eckerts said. “This is a great place for veterans.”

On Saturday, the Tech Student Veterans Organization with be at Hix Farm Brewery with the Caney Fork Food Truck. From the proceeds generated that day, 10 percent will go to the student vets organization to help with service projects.

“What this is doing is helping grow our funding so we can do more service projects in the future,” Eckerts said. “We are trying to create a group who is going to step up in college. We want to show how much veterans can give back to the community for the support the community has shown for us.”

To learn more about Tech’s Office of Military & Veterans Affairs, log on to https://www.tntech.edu/em/military-and-veterans-affairs/.

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