All faculty, staff, students and alumni are invited to the annual Emory Veterans Day commemoration on Thursday, November 11 at 11 a.m. on Emory Quadrangle.
The event will include a flag ceremony with Emory veterans and ROTC cadets. This year’s guest speaker is Max Hilsman, a U.S. Army veteran who is Executive Director and Regional Director of Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley. Hilsman, who also leads veteran recruiting for Morgan Stanley in Atlanta, is used to mentoring veterans as they transition from soldier to civilian.
Jeff Rosensweig, associate professor of finance at Goizueta Business School, will return for the fifth year as master of ceremonies. The program will begin with a flag salute during the national anthem. Then at 11:11 a.m. there will be a minute of silence for Armistice Day, which marks the end of hostilities in World War I in the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th month. The ceremony will end with the “Armed Forces Medley” followed by refreshment.
“For me, [Veterans Day is a day] to reflect on my service, but more importantly on all those I have had the privilege of serving with, âsaid Lieutenant-General Ken Keen, Associate Dean of Leadership Development and Senior Lecturer in Leadership at Goizueta.
Keen arrived at Emory in 2013 after 38 years of service in the United States Army. He has dedicated his time to veteran support initiatives on campus and beyond.
âEmory University and the Goizueta Business School were instrumental in my transition to civilian life,â notes Keen, who also advises the Goizueta Veterans Association. “The most significant thing for me has been the opportunity to continue to serve others and in particular to work with young people aspiring to lead and create a positive impact on business and society.”
One of these leaders is Isaac Olsen, who served as an army officer for 10 years. Olsen, who grew up near the Canadian border in Presque Isle, Maine, joined the military after graduating from Liberty University in Virginia. He enrolled in the MBA program last year and says he found a place to belong to the Goizueta Veterans Association, of which he is currently president.
âWe are going through a difficult transition from a somewhat isolated world, and the Veterans Association is building support and community,â says Olsen, who also serves as the coordinator of the Veterans Day ceremony. âHaving people I can connect with as I grow and evolve is important to me. “
Emory’s support for veterans
There are initiatives for veterans on campus and through Emory Healthcare.
Through the Yellow ribbon program, Emory provides funding to help post 9/11 veterans pay for education expenses beyond what is covered by the GI Bill. Learn more about veterans education benefits to Emory.
Undergraduates planning a military career can participate in Army or Air Force ROTC through a cross-listing agreement with Georgia Tech. Students complete their undergraduate degrees at Emory and military training at Tech.
The Emory Healthcare Veterans Program, part of the Emory Brain Health Center, provides expert and collaborative care to post-9/11 veterans and military personnel facing a variety of mental health issues, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) , traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, depression and anxiety. Treatment options include traditional outpatient and intensive outpatient programs that integrate care across multiple areas including psychiatry, neurology, sleep, rehabilitative medicine, wellness, and family support.
Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing is one of 18 nursing schools nationwide selected for the elite Veterans Nursing Academic Partnership (VANAP) through the US Department of Veterans Affairs. The undergraduate and graduate nursing students selected for the program gain valuable training in providing quality care to our country’s veterans.
The Emory Law Volunteer Clinic for Veterans provides pro bono legal services to veterans, helping them and their families resolve legal issues, including Veterans Administration disability claims and subsequent appeals, inheritance work and discharge upgrades before the Department of Defense.