Military Appreciation Month was initially recognized by a resolution in the U.S. Senate in 1999 and traditionally takes place every year throughout the entire month of May, reminding Americans to celebrate this patriotic month that pays tribute to those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom. Penn State University celebrates Military Appreciation Month in November.
There are thirty-three student-veterans enrolled at Penn State York (fall semester 2022) who have identified as military-affiliated. These student-veterans have one of the following military-affiliated statuses: Active Duty, National Guard, Reserves, and Veteran.
Military Appreciation Month Events
Penn State Military Cultural Competency Training - Be a Veteran Ally
Date: Wednesday, November 2
Time: 12:15-2:15 p.m.
Location: Polli Hall, Graham Center for Innovation and Collaboration
Organized by: The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and the Student Veterans of America (SVA), York Chapter
Eugene McFeely, senior director for Veterans Affairs and Services at Penn State, will talk about the military and veteran community that lives in Pennsylvania. He will discuss why it is important to understand the military veteran culture, including student-veterans, and how to close any gaps that exist between service members, veterans, and civilians. In addition, he will discuss military services and experience as well as military and veteran stereotypes and myths, including veteran experiences and challenges.
He will answer questions such as:
- What challenges do veterans experience?
- How are veterans different for you and me, if at all?
- How do I engage and talk with veterans?
- What challenges do veterans experience while serving or as they transition back to civilian life?
This event is co-sponsored by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee and the Student Veterans of America (SVA), York Chapter. For more information, please contact Christina Lee or Jane Pflaum.
Penn State York Veterans Day Celebration
Date: Tuesday, November 8
Time: 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Location: Conference Center, Main Classroom Building
Organized by: The Student Veterans of America (SVA), York Chapter
Penn State York student-veterans will share their military experiences and answer questions from those in attendance. A light lunch will be served. This event is sponsored by the SVA and is open to the campus community. For more information, please contact Christina Lee.
Veterans Day Flag Display
Date: Friday, November 11
In honor of all veterans, American flags will be placed at campus entrances.