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Honors College Hosts Fundraiser for Veterans Services

Honors students to raise funds for Hope for the Warriors throughout week of Veterans Day

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 $2.00 donation, and 100% of proceeds will go to support Hope for the Warriors. Between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM from Monday, November 10, through Friday, November 14, wristbands will be for sale in Free Speech Alley, in front of the Journalism Building, and in front of the 459 (behind Laville Honors House).

The fundraiser is being held in conjunction with Veterans Day, to honor and give back to our 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 US 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/

About the LSU Honors College:

The LSU Honors College was established in 1992 and today is a vibrant, diverse, and prestigious community at the heart of LSU's main campus. The Honors College typically admits the top ten percent of incoming LSU freshmen, and provides students with a curriculum of rigorous seminar classes and opportunities for undergraduate research, culminating in the Honors Thesis. Our focus on community service, study abroad, internships, and independent research helps today's high-achieving students become tomorrow's leaders.  

For more information on this fundraiser or the LSU Honors College, visit www.honors.lsu.edu, or contact Liz Billet at lbillet@lsu.edu.