Veterans Day Tip Sheet

November 6, 2013

Wayne State University is saluting veterans and active duty military personnel throughout the month of November. Several schools, colleges and departments are hosting events in honor of those who have served the country. Additionally, experts are available to discuss research and initiatives that focus on veterans.

Veteran-focused initiatives and programs

Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence helps veterans achieve academic success
Through Wayne State's Office of Military and Veterans Academic Excellence, more than 600 military veteran students receive academic advising, tutoring, mentoring and assistance completing the paperwork required to access federal veteran education benefits. Patrick Hannah, Student Veteran Resource Center manager, WSU alum and Marine Corps veteran, was instrumental in creating the center and Wayne State's Student Veterans Organization. Hannah says the center, which averages daily visits by 30 to 60 students, was designed to provide a "friendly environment that helps veterans making the transition from uniform to student." 

Wayne State University's School of Social Work recruits veterans for DOD-funded study on post-deployment counseling
Wayne State University's School of Social Work is working with veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom to develop ways to keep veterans engaged in mental health counseling for post-deployment stress. The novel study, "Using motivational enhancement therapy among OIF/OEF veterans returning to the community," is funded by the Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency through a grant from the United States Department of Defense. The project will employ motivational enhancement intervention and peer support to move veterans through five "stages of change" intended to enhance their readiness to undergo treatment. Shirley Thomas, assistant professor of social work and the study's co-director, said the results could lead to improved services for returning soldiers.

Veteran-themed events

Nov. 9 
Wayne State Warrior Football hosts Grand Valley State University
Salute to Armed Forces tailgate and football game
Tailgate at 10 a.m.; Game at 12 p.m.
Tom Adams Field

Nov. 11
Veterans Day lecture, "Citizen-Soldiers and a Grateful Nation: Veterans and the Postwar Politics of Obligation and Care"
6 to 7:30 p.m.
David Adamany Undergraduate Library
Elizabeth Faue, an internationally known scholar of gender and working-class history and professor of history at Wayne State University since1990, will explore both the historical context of veterans' benefits and consider the current state of veteran affairs in the context of America's longest war.

Nov. 14 to 23 
Wayne State's Studio Theatre will present American Soldiers by Matt Morillo, a story about Angela, an Army veteran who returns to her home in Long Island after deployment in the Middle East. Tickets for American Soldiers range from $10 to $12. Veterans are offered discounted tickets for $5 with military I.D. Call 313- 577-2972 or visit

For more information about WSU's veteran outreach efforts or to speak with an expert, contact Rasheda Williams at 313-577-8094 or Thomas Reynolds at 313-577-8093. 

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