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Veterans Day Hosted by LSUS Student Veterans Organization

November 07, 2017

LSUS prides itself on being a military friendly campus. In keeping with our commitment to providing the best possible experience for former and active duty military, we are proud to announce that this year’s Veterans Day event will be hosted by the LSUS Student Veterans Organization.

The event will be held at the University Center Mall Flagpole Friday, November 10 and will begin at 11:00 AM. Lieutenant Bill Davis, the current Public Information Officer for the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office, will serve as the guest speaker. Lt. Davis is a 21-year Navy Veteran. During his time in the Navy, Lt. Davis earned numerous awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal with two gold stars, Navy Achievement Medal with two gold stars, the Good Conduct Medal with one bronze star, and various campaign and service medals and ribbons.

Lt. Davis is active in the community, serving as a member of numerous veterans’, law enforcement, and public relations groups. He was the recipient of the 2015 VFW National Law Enforcement Award and Department of Louisiana VFW Gold Medal for Law Enforcement.

His wife and eldest daughter are both LSUS alumnae, connecting Lt. Davis to campus, the community, and the military.

The Student Veterans Organization (SVO) is excited to host this event.

“This is our first official school function we’re hosting with help from Student Activities. We have a lot of support from people around campus,” said SVO vice-president Josh Schools. “It’s important to see that there’s a big veteran presence on campus, and that we’re part of the community.”

“We have this thing where veterans in general try to stay hidden, and this brings us out into the open. It shows the campus that we’re part of the family and we also want to use this as a sign of respect for all veterans. It’s near and dear to every veteran’s heart. You can come across another veteran once, and you automatically have a connection with that person…and that connection is important to realize and remember on Veterans Day. It’s a really incredible experience,” Schools added.

The fledgling organization is in its second year, but it’s already made huge strides in serving student veterans both on and off campus. Over 300 students utilize their services. One major contribution the SVO has made has been the implementation of a separate orientation for former military and oversight to ensure that students were being placed in the appropriate classes.

“We act as a voice for all veterans [on campus] and provide a focal point for veteran needs,” said Schools. “We act as a family outside of the military.”

Another way they serve veterans on campus is by helping them navigate the challenges that come with dealing with the VA.

“Together we’re able to say ‘oh, hey I’ve dealt with that. You have to go to this building or call this person to get a good appointment’. So we formed this network to help each other,” said Schools.

The organization, buoyed by their successes, is optimistic for their future endeavors. These include strengthening ties with both Barksdale Air Force Base and the LSUS ROTC.

Most importantly, the organization is working to build a campus community that is inclusive for all military branches. The SVO has worked with LSUS to make sure the policies and procedures implemented by the university serve veterans, and Schools is proud of their work: “We’re here to make sure veterans aren’t falling through the cracks. We found the holes in the system and worked to fill in the holes.” 

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