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Viewpoint: Serving those who have served

By Greg Cady and Larry Lundblad, Minnesota State College Southeast

November has been declared National Veterans and Military Families Month. Please take time this month to think about how the brave men and women of our Armed Forces have sacrificed to ensure our country's freedom.

At Minnesota State College Southeast, we want to share our commitment to veterans, service members, and their families. We strive to provide the very best customer support and consideration as they pursue their educational aspirations with our college. We take the extra time to evaluate and convert their military experiences and training into college credits. We have experienced staff to assist them in completing educational benefit paperwork and locating funding sources.

Several of our staff and faculty members are currently serving in the military, and the college has made accommodations to allow them to complete important tours of duty. Recently our dean of trade and technology served in operations to support the victims of Hurricanes Maria and Florence.

Minnesota State College Southeast has been named a Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Company. On both our Winona and Red Wing campuses, we have built welcoming Veterans Lounges, providing veterans an opportunity to relax, study, and grab a snack or a cup of coffee, but most importantly, share camaraderie with other service members. (Special thanks to the community members who help us keep these lounges stocked.)

On Thursday, Nov. 8, from 4-6 p.m., the college is hosting an open house on the Red Wing campus. Veterans, service members, and their families are especially invited to attend. We want to make sure they are aware of how their military benefits can help them attain higher education, whether at our college or any college or university.

On Friday, Nov. 9, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., we are honored to be partnering with Red Wing High School and Hiawatha Valley Family Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Program for a Veterans Day Commemoration at the Sonju Gymnasium, Red Wing High School.

Please take time out of your day to attend this patriotic community event and join us in honoring the local veterans and service members who have given us so much!

Veterans, service members, and families, thank you for all you have done for our country. We hope we can be of service to you.

Lt. Cmdr. Greg Cady is an instructor and Minnesota State College Southeast. Larry Lundblad is interim president at MSC Southeast.