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Student EngagementVeteran Appreciation Week

November 8 - 13

The month of November is a time when we celebrate and show our gratitude and appreciation for the many sacrifices made by the men and women of the United States Armed forces and their families.

November 9 and 12

Write a Letter to a Veteran
All are invited to write a letter and messages of appreciation and support for our military, past and present. All correspondences will be mailed to the A Million Thanks organization for distribution to our military – active, reserve, and veterans. Our military will receive these messages, whether they are serving at home, abroad, or are recovering in hospitals.
12 - 3pm, Atrium

November 11

Veterans Day
World War I ended on November 11, 1918, at 11:00 am, with the signing of the armistice treaty. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month became the official holiday in 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson declared Nov. 11 as Armistice Day. Now known as Veterans Day, we celebrate the holiday to recognize all American military personnel, especially thanking those living veterans for their military service.

Moment of Appreciation
A flag raising ceremony performed by the Lawrence Tech Campus Safety Officers and a song selection played by bagpiper, Brett Michalskiof the Metro Detroit Police and Fire Pipes and Drums. 
12:30pm, Flagpole outside of Buell Management Building

A Chat with Travis Peters, U.S. Army Veteran
Travis Peters is a U.S. Army veteran, proprietor of Greenthumbz Consulting (Southfield), and grassroots advocate for at risk veterans. Learn about the many initiatives he has put in place to help homeless veterans find a new sense of purpose. The pre-recorded interview by Caryn Reed-Hendon, Ph.D. can be accessed with the Zoom information below. Find more information on Travis Peters business and grassroots efforts below.
12:30pm

Join Zoom Meeting https://ltu.zoom.us/j/8939967154?pwd=dW1jcmVHQ1RYMWtVVWpBWHRMVVRrZz09
Meeting ID: 893 996 7154 Passcode: DEI@LTU
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November 8 - 14
Donation Bin for Homeless Veterans
We are accepting hat and glove donations for Greenthumbz Consulting, who will distribute the donations to veterans in need.
Atrium

OneVet OneVoice Veterans Virtual Film Festival
The Veterans Film Festival provides a unique forum for veterans to find expression, healing, and community while increasing the public’s awareness of the multitude of challenges facing our nation’s military veterans.
Free, Reserve Ticket: www.sfveteransfilmfestival.org/

#LTURespectsVeterans Photo Submission
Veterans are our family, friends, mentors, and more. Submit a photo of a veteran that you would like to spotlight. Email your photMichalski, Bretto submission to stuevent@ltu.edu. Email subject line: LTU Respects Vets, include in Body: Veterans Name, branch of military, any additional words of thanks or support; limit to 2 sentences.

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More on Travis Peters grassroots efforts

​ Greenthumbz Consulting exists to assist Veterans through “Basic Training” by planting the seeds of their dreams of being successful in life. ​Veterans that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) often find themselves secluded, reclusive, hyper-vigilant, and/or depressed. This can make the transition from the military to a civilian lifestyle difficult, especially in Veterans that have experienced military trauma during their time of service. These same Veterans often struggle in maintaining relationships and in some instances do not seek therapy or employment, rendering some veterans homeless, jobless, and unfortunately in some instances lifeless.

Greenthumbz Consulting will provide holistic, therapeutic, relaxing, calming, and peaceful activities and sustainable income earning opportunities for Veterans in the following programs.

Project: “GREEN MACHINE”

A collaborative effort that provides our Veterans with sustainable urban farming training, continued community service fulfillment, nutritional education, and liveable wage earning. The “Green Machine” is a fresh, high quality, organic produce/food delivery system. Servicing communities and schools with fun, motivating, and artistically expressed health seminars in Detroit’s urban corridors that lack healthier food options. This in turn will supply, educate, and train families and households with healthier food and eating habits to help combat diseases in our neighborhoods such as Juvenile Diabetes, Childhood Obesity, and Heart diseases which significantly affect urban youth.

 

Project: S.E.E.D.

The Servicemen’s Empowerment Enrichment Drive (S.E.E.D.) is a branch of Greenthumbz Consulting veterans program. Our mission to renovate single family residences in Detroit is deeply embedded in our commitment to advance the economic sustainability of Veterans and the local community.

 

Project:S.E.E.D. is partnered with licensed builders contracting with Home Depot and the Detroit Land Bank’s ongoing residential home rehabilitation projects throughout Detroit. ​The mission : provide Veterans with paid, hands-on basic training and preparedness for apprenticeship in the Skilled Construction Building Trades.

Our program encompasses a wide spectrum of the residential construction field including plumbing, electrical, painting/drywall, wet plastering, plasterer tender, landscaping-grounds clearing, earth moving, carpentry, window/door installation, ceramic tile, heating/cooling, basic understanding to CAD (computer aided design), and 3D replication. Veterans are provided with access to licensed/code compliant builders. Science, Technology,

 

 Engineering and Mathematics are integral components of every renovation project.

Each participating Veteran in the program is required to contract for 8 weeks. Our veterans have opportunities to negotiate individual work orders and bid on contracts according to the MOS and their work history.

As Veterans the ideals of commitment, dedication, and quality of work parallel the goals rooted in the military. Ethics, moral compass, motivation, and integrity are the core values of Project: S.E.E.D.

 

“GREEN BOOTS”

Horticultural gardens are designed, constructed, and maintained by military veterans who in turn will discover and benefit from a plethora of botanical points and paved walking paths providing different settings of relaxation therapy.