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Viking Vets to host Veterans Day celebration
Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 12:00pm to Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 2:00pm

Viking Vets, the student-veterans group at Portland State University (PSU), will hold a celebration in honor of Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 10, from noon to 2 p.m.  The event, featuring guest speakers, refreshments, and information on veteran-related support services, will be held in Parkway North on the first floor of Smith Memorial Student Union.

The celebration is free and open to the public.  All Portland-area military veterans are highly encouraged to attend.

“It is important for us, especially on this campus, to help celebrate our veterans,” said Paul Polsin, acting president of Viking Vets.

Polsin noted that PSU was founded in the wake of World War II to provide returning service members with access to higher education.  “Viking Vets understands how important PSU’s unique relationship with the veteran community will be in the near future, as thousands of veterans return to the Portland area following service in the global war on terrorism,” he said.

“This event is also a great opportunity for veterans to network with others and discover the resources throughout our community that are available to them,” Polsin continued.  For example, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) will have a mobile claims station at the event to assist veterans in dealing with medical claims.

Speakers and resources lined up for the event include
•    Keynote speaker: Former U.S. Rep. Darlene Hooley (D-OR)
•    Portland State University President Wim Wiewel
•    Disabled American Veterans, which will assist veterans with filing disability claims
•    Representatives from the Portland VA Medical Center
•    WorkSource Oregon, which will provide employment-related support
•    Information about Iraq Veterans Stress Project, which offers psychological counseling
•    Color Guard provided by PSU GOLD (Guard Officer Leadership Development)

The mission of Viking Vets (formerly the Student Veterans Association) is to bring together past and present members of the U.S. armed forces to promote, unify and advocate for the veteran voice on and off campus. Its aim is to educate the community about how the military has affected American life and to support fellow vets through the process of reintegrating into civilian life. More than 900 PSU students are receiving military benefits plus several hundred who are not.

About Portland State University (PSU)

Located in Portland, Oregon, PSU has about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. PSU’s motto is “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” and we provide every student with opportunities to work with businesses, schools and organizations on real-world projects. Our downtown campus exhibits PSU’s commitment to sustainability, and sustainability is incorporated into much of the curriculum. www.pdx.edu/sustainability

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