11/10/2014 11:08 AM
BATON ROUGE – During the week of Veterans Day, the LSU Honors College, in conjunction
with Campus Federal and the Honors College Student Council, will conduct a fundraiser
for Hope for the Warriors, a nonprofit organization that provides services and support
for post 9/11-veterans and their families.
Honors College students and staff will be selling Hope for the Warriors wristbands
at locations around LSU’s campus. Wristbands can be purchased for a minimum $2 donation,
and 100 percent of proceeds will go to support Hope for the Warriors. Between 9 a.m.
and 3 p.m. from Monday, Nov. 10, through Friday, Nov. 14, wristbands will be for sale
in Free Speech Alley, in front of the Journalism Building, and in front of The 459,
located behind Laville Honors House.
The fundraiser is being held in conjunction with Veterans Day, to honor and give back
to veterans, as well as in conjunction with this fall’s HNRS 2000 course, “Why War?,”
which examines the reasons societies have gone to war throughout history, and the
effects war has had on those societies. The course has particularly focused on World
War I; the centennial of its outbreak occurred in August of this year. This semester
the Honors College has also hosted a moderated discussion with LSU student veterans and a number of faculty talks on various aspects of war.
Over the summer, Honors students read “Thank You for Your Service,” a non-fiction
account of the experiences of U.S. veterans as they struggle to readjust to civilian
life after long deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Author David Finkel, a Pulitzer
Prize-winning journalist, then gave the address at Honors College Convocation in September. “Thank You for Your Service” ultimately inspired the Honors College
to conduct this fundraiser for Hope for the Warriors, whose excellent veterans services
were noted by Finkel in conversations during his visit to LSU.
Hope for the Warriors was founded in 2006 by military wives who witnessed firsthand
the effects of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on both service members and their
families. The organization’s mission is to restore a sense of self and hope for the
suffering service member, and to assist in restoring his or her family unit after
deployment. Hope for the Warriors services include financial assistance, scholarships,
career transition counseling, and athletic and outdoor adventure programs.
For more information on Hope for the Warriors, visit http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org.
Posted on Monday, November 10, 2014