11-11 is Veteran’s Day

Thank a veteran today for their service to our country (or the country where you’re from). It’s a simple, but meaningful thing to do. A message from the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs:

Two-sentence history. Known first as “Armistice Day” for its roots in 1918 at the end of WWI when the armistice was signed at Versailles “at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month,” the official beginnings of the U.S. holiday were passed in a resolution of Congress in 1928.

Since then, veteran affairs, like healthcare and education, have been issues that have not always been at the foreground of political debate. One recent argument posted on the Inside Higher Ed blog challenges the low proportions of veterans in selective schools’ student bodies. Does Middlebury have any veteran students? Is that a place for growth? What does the GI Bill have to say? What do you think?

EDIT (10:41 a.m. 11.11.10): Check out this article from MiddMag on the story of one awesome MiddKid, Army Cadet Emily Núñez ’12 (above). Thanks to Luke Whelan for the tip.

P.S. Don’t try going to the post office today – it’s closed.


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  1. There are currently two active students (that I know of) in the Army ROTC. They travel weekly to UVM for classes, and labs. These students also occasionally have weekend training labs (such as helicopter training, night activities etc.) I will not reveal their names here due to their right to their own privacy. But, one is a male and one is a female. These students will serve in the Army as officers upon graduation. These students, however, do not receive physical education credit for these labs, even though the requirements that the Army has are far and above more strenuous than Middlebury’s. In honor of our troops, this situation needs to be remedied and these students should be allowed to fulfill the College’s physical education requirements at UVM or other army facilities.

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