Imagine earning a degree from Pacific University after four years of hard work and soon after being shipped off to another country in order to serve in combat. Pacific alumni veterans will be able to tell stories just like this at the Forest Grove Veterans Day Gathering on Nov. 11 in the University Center. Hundreds of Pacific community members have dedicated a portion of their lives to service in the Armed Forces and this event will celebrate and remember all who have sacrificed their lives for our country’s freedom. University Advancement posted that “All members of the Pacific University and local community
are welcome to gather in support of our Boxer and Badger veterans.” The education some veterans receive from Pacific directly affected their experiences in the armed forces.
Nicolle Brossard, an alumna, stated that, “My education at Pacific had a great influence on what I did during my deployment.” This event will feature different veteran speakers who will be able to tell stories about their education at Pacific, as well as stories about their service to the country. Members of the Forest Grove community, along with Pacific’s own alumni, students and employees are invited to write letters to current men and women in the call of duty as well as donate clothing and blankets that will go to local veteran hospital patients. Pacific actively supports past and future veterans in the Armed Forces. Pacific participates in the VA Yellow Ribbon program, which provides grant funding to veterans of the United States Armed forces. Veterans are able to receive large merit scholarships to help pay for the university’s education costs as well.