What Does Veterans Day Mean to You?
One of the things that makes Outreach so vast is our military site locations around the world. OU has been serving both active military servicemembers and veterans for more than fifty years and it is a point of pride for many Outreach faculty and staff. In honor of Veterans Day, we asked some of our staff what the holiday means to them, as people who are dedicated to serving our military men and women. We share some of their responses below, as well as photos from our military sites around the globe. We are honored to serve the brave men and women who serve our country.
“For me, Veterans Day is a chance to reflect on all of our freedoms and blessings and be grateful for those defending them.”–Shad Satterthwaite, Assistant VP for University Outreach, Continuing Education Academic Programs
“As a military spouse and veteran myself, it is an honor to serve my fellow comrades! We have the best students in the world. I truly love helping them reach their goals.” –Michole Soukup, OU Ramstein
“Veterans Day is a reminder of how the military allowed me the opportunity to travel to interesting places and assisted in pursuing my education. This day is also a reminder for me personally that I am not forgotten for my duties in the United States Air Force.”-Tiffany Winfield, OU Ramstein
“To me, Veterans Day is a day to take the time to remember the men and women who have proudly served this country. Our military means so much more than protection and service. They are the ambassadors for the U.S. in foreign countries to represent us all as they fight for peace and justice. The people who are a part of the U.S. military have given this country a great amount of pride in knowing that we stand for freedom. I like to give thanks to those brave men and women who choose to spend their lives protecting mine and my loved ones. So, thank you; you will always be respected and revered.” –Carmen Weeks, OU North America
“To me, Veterans Day means sacrifice when duty, honor, and country come before personal and family needs. The military member has spent holidays separated from family, has waited an hour in line for his/her turn at a 5-minute phone or skype conversation with loved ones, has missed out on children’s birthday parties and has eaten MRE’s (meals ready to eat) when he/she would love to have had a hot meal. Having once been the wife of an active duty career serviceman, I know first-hand the personal sacrifices that servicemen and women make and hardships their families endure to be a military family. I am proud and honored to assist servicemen and women and their families as a team member of Advanced Programs. –Joanne Braunbeck, OU AP
“This day is one on which we, as Americans, are to remember and honor our military veterans; most people do this when the news of war and battle hit the pages of the newspaper or the internet newsfeeds, but it is important to be reminded to do so, when other news takes precedence in our daily lives. Our military trains and is ready to protect the U.S. and its citizens where ever they are, when diplomacy and politics fail to negotiate peace and freedom in the world in which the U.S. has interests. The veteran is one who has been willing, when called upon to do so, to make the ultimate sacrifice of life and limb to protect us, and deserves our utmost respect and thanks. I wish our veterans and their loved ones the best on this special day.” –Peggy Lerner, Director OU Europe