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NMSU’s Military and Veteran Appreciation Week starts Nov. 6


New Mexico State University’s sixth annual Military and Veterans Appreciation Week is Saturday, Nov. 6-Friday, Nov. 12, NMSU said in a news release.

“The Military and Veterans Appreciation Week honors our students, staff and faculty who have served and sacrificed to protect our freedoms,” said NMSU Military and Veterans Programs Director Hector Sanchez. “This year we will highlight the contributions that women veterans have made to our country and those that continue to serve in our armed forces.”

The week begins with the city of Las Cruces Veterans Day Parade, beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6. in downtown Las Cruces. NMSU Air Force and Army ROTC cadets will march in the parade. Visit www.lascrucesvetday.org.

In addition to the parade, NMSU will have a Military Appreciation football game against Utah State at Aggie Memorial Stadium at 2 p.m. Nov. 6. The Student Veterans Organization will host tailgating outside the stadium 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

On Monday, Nov. 8, NMSU will host the inaugural ceremony at Aggie Memorial Tower at 10 a.m. Retired Army Brig. Gen./NMSU Physical Science Laboratory Director Eric Sanchez will be the featured guest speaker. Following the ceremony, the Student Veterans Organization (SVO) will have an information table 11 a.m.-2 p.m. outside the Corbett Center Student Union main entrance.

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the Military and Veterans Program (MVP) will host an open house in Corbett Center, Room 244. Members of the NMSU community are invited to stop by and learn about the program and meet its staff.

On Wednesday, Nov. 10, MVP will participate in the Las Cruces Homeless Veterans Stand Down 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10124, 709 S. Valley Drive. The Stand Down provides homeless veterans with a variety of services. The NMSU community and Las Cruces residents are encouraged to donate items such as body soap, razors, deodorant, ChapStick, lotion, individual Kleenex/tissue packs, hand sanitizer/antibacterial wipes, feminine hygiene products, combs/hair brushes, winter beanies, gloves and socks and blankets. VFW will also accept cash donations. Donation drop off locations on campus include College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences Dean’s Office, Gerald Thomas Hall, Suite 220;    College of Engineering Dean’s Office, Goddard Hall, Room 202; College of Business Dean’s Office, Business Complex, Room 127; College of Health, Education and Social Transformation Dean’s Office, O’Donnell Hall, Suite 301; Dean of Students/Student Life, Corbett Center Student Union, Room 207; and   Student Involvement and Leadership Programs/Student Life, Corbett Center Student Union, Room 205, which is open until 7 p.m.

On Veteran’s Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, MVP will host the NMSU Women Veterans Day and SVO will host a Veteran’s Day Carnival 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Both events will take place outside behind the eastside of Young Hall. Nov. 11 is also ROTC and Armed Forces Recruiters Day. ROTC and Armed Forces recruiters will have information tables from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. outside Young Hall.

The week concludes Friday, Nov. 12, with the Faculty and Staff Military Veteran Banquet, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the NMSU Fulton Center third-floor Villanueva Victory Club. Retired Army Brig. Gen. Jack R. Fox will be the featured speaker. The dinner is by invitation only.

For more information, contact Hector Sanchez at 575-646-1801 and hecsanch@nmsu.edu.

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