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Veterans Appreciation Week

Veterans Day Honor picture

"This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave" - Elmer Davis

Veterans Appreciation Week Activities, November 7-18
Anne Arundel Community College will recognize the sacrifices and contributions of our military families through a variety of visual displays, initiatives and events, including:

HOV Lanes (Honor Our Veterans Lanes) – Nov. 7-18
U.S. flags will line the west campus foot bridge and the east campus quad in Arnold to honor our AACC military and veteran students. Flags will also be placed along walkways at AACC’s Arundel Mills (AMIL) and Glen Burnie Town Center (GBTC) locations. In addition, yellow ribbons will be displayed on trees and posts at various locations on the Arnold campus and AMIL and GBTC locations.

Appreciation Banners Displayed – Nov. 7-11
Appreciation Banners created by children in AACC’s Child Development Center will be displayed on the Arnold campus and AMIL and GBTC locations.

POW/MIA Table Displays – Nov.7-11
The tradition of setting a table for one to honor prisoners of war and missing comrades has been in place since the end of the Vietnam War.  AACC will have settings displayed with explanations of the artifacts in the Dining Hall on the Arnold campus and the first floor entryway at AMIL.  A POW flag will be displayed on the first floor at GBTC in lieu of the table.

Meet the Military Learner IPD – Wednesday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m.
Meet the Military Learner is the first in a series of sessions intended to provide an overview of some of the unique needs and stressors that can impact the learning of active duty military, veterans, reservists, military spouses or family members. This session offers AACC resources to better serve our military/veteran students.  The workshop will be held in two locations: Careers Building room 256 in Arnold and at AACC’s Arundel Mills location in Room 217.

Veterans Day Ceremony and Reception – Friday, Nov. 11, 1 p.m.
Each year, AACC hosts a special Veterans Day ceremony featuring a reading of names of college employees, family members, friends and students who have served, or are serving, in the military. This year’s program will take place in front of the Veterans Memorial Garden at the base of the west campus amphitheater in Arnold. A small reception will follow in the first floor atrium of the CALT building. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in CALT 107.

Maryland Supporting Student Mental Health Program Veterans on Campus IPD – Online - Kognito’s Veterans on Campus for Faculty & Staff is an online, interactive training program that helps faculty and staff learn about the needs and experiences of student veterans.  Completers of Meet the Military Learner and Kognito’s Veterans on Campus Online are invited to the Bunker Network.

The Bunker Network is a community of administrators, faculty, and staff who actively advocate for military/veteran student equity on campus. Bunker Network training is offered to faculty, staff and interested students throughout the institution to become knowledgeable about issues faced by military-affiliated students and the resources available to assist them.  All members of the network will complete two training sessions, Meet the Military Learner classroom seminar and online Veterans on Campus training from Kognito. The Meet the Military Learner seminar is AACC specific intended to provide an overview of some of the unique needs and stressors that can impact the learning of active duty military, veterans, reservists, military spouses or family members. This training offers AACC resources to better serve our military/veteran students.  

Kognito’s Veterans on Campus for Faculty & Staff is an online, interactive training program that helps faculty and staff learns about the needs and experiences of student veterans.  

Bunker Network training discusses (1) the unique value veterans bring to campus, (2) obstacles they may face in their pursuit of a college degree, (3) effective techniques for managing classroom discussions around topics that may be sensitive to veterans, and (4) best practices for connecting student veterans exhibiting signs of psychological distress with support.  Participants will receive an AACC Bunker Network certificate and door sign that will let students and other members of the AACC community know that their office is a safe place for military/veteran students. The Bunker training sessions will help members learn about military/veteran community and the special needs associated with this community. It will then provide strategies for supporting military/veteran members of the campus community and for connecting with others who are committed to this cause.

Military Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) Meet N Greet – Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2 p.m.
Drop by the MVRC in LBRY 122 to check out the renovated space and donated photography of Jeff Grill, learn about available services, meet veteran students, and enjoy refreshments.

American Red Cross Reconnection Workshops –  2 p.m., MVRC, LBRY 122
Working Through Anger - Thursday, Nov. 10
Relating to Children - Friday, Nov. 18

One Stop Registration Day – Wednesday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For the convenience of our military and veteran students and dependents, a one-stop early registration day will take place in the first floor lobby of the Student Services building, Arnold campus. Services will include advising, registration and VA benefits/financial aid assistance.

Veterans Appreciation Exhibit – Nov. 1-31
An inclusive tribute to our veterans will be featured in a display at the first floor SUN entrance of the Andrew G. Truxal Library, Arnold campus.

Vet Values – Nov. 7-11

AACC’s Dining Services will provide for free a small coffee, small fountain drink or snack with proof of military service. Coupon

AACC’s Bookstore will provide a coupon for 20% off (restrictions apply). Visit the Bookstore for more information.  AACC items will also be available at AMIL. Coupon

AACC Subway will provide one free cookie with any purchase.  One Per Day Coupon

AACC Chick-Fil-A will provide medium regular coffee; iced coffee or frosted coffee Coupon