Send Holiday Greetings to Military Personnel

Radford University's College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS) and ROTC are encouraging the campus community to show support through holiday wishes to military personnel now serving overseas and to their families.

The week before Veterans Day, Nov. 5-9, CHBS will lead a holiday card-signing drive on the first floor of the Hurlburt Student Center.

ROTC volunteers will be staffing tables each day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to provide holiday cards to individuals wishing to write and send messages to local men and women currently serving in the U.S. military, said CHBS Dean Katherine Hawkins.

Once the campaign ends on Friday, Nov. 9, the signed cards will be shipped to service personnel deployed overseas.

This is the second year CHBS has sponsored the card-writing campaign. In 2011, 540 cards were sent. This year, thanks to a $100 donation from VFW Post 776 in Radford, 650 cards will be mailed.

"We want to show the service personnel how much we appreciate their sacrifices for us, especially during the holidays when they are all deployed far away from their family members," Hawkins said. "This is a way for us to show them that we recognize their contributions and want to thank them for what they're doing for us. And we want them to know how much we want them to return home safely."

Radford University's contribution to the education of veterans is recognized in the 2013 Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

For more information about help for military personnel and their families or to make a donation, contact the ROTC office at (540) 831-5288 or visit RU ROTC’s Facebook page.

students sending cards to troops

Haley Corbin, left, writes a note to a soldier for a holiday card while ROTC cadets Krystal Medina and Alicia Schmertzler staff the card-signing table in Hurlburt Student Center.

Nov 2, 2012
Chad Osborne
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