Black Hills State University Vets Center receives flag previously flown over United States capitol.
On August 27th, the official grand opening day of the Black Hills State University (BHSU) Vets Center, an American flag proudly waved gracefully over the U.S. Capitol. That particular flag is now on permanent display, residing at the BHSU Vet Center.
Last week, U.S. Senator John Thune visited the freshly established Vets Center in order to present the prestigious symbol to BHSU student and Veteran’s Club President, Chris Baley. In this speech, Senator Thune raved about the continued dedication and support the university has for veteran students.
Mike McNeil, BHSU student life veteran’s representative, and many other students called the visit by the Senator a “great honor for BHSU and its veteran students.” Thune also spent extra time at the Vets Center to talk to students.
The same day that Thune presented the flag, the 842nd National Guard Engineering company returned to Spearfish after serving a yearlong tour in Afghanistan. The brave group consists of 160 soldiers, including some BHSU students.
The Vets Center’s mission is to serve all veteran students, those currently in the military service and their dependents. The center provides a relaxing atmosphere to both socialize and study. Other services include support groups, program information, and an environment students can network and seize opportunities for peer mentoring and support. And 10-15 hours a week are always set aside for a tutoring program. None of this would run so smoothly without the help of other various student groups and organizations like Student Success Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Credit: Rapid City Journal