Veterans honored at East Central University

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ADA, OK For the past ten years, veterans and the military are honored every year at ECU for their service.

The celebration is also a chance for vets to find assistance they may need.

"They've done the hard stuff, they've stood up and been in our place and fought for us," Mary Meeks said.

Veterans Upward Bound Program director Mary Meeks says it's a chance for vets to learn about available resources for assistance with scholarships and funding for higher education, vocational training and housing.

"We try to address all of the stuff and talk to them and show them the options and help them do what they want to do," She said.

"Every veteran deserves a safe and stable place to call home," Tammy Randazo said.

"The wars may be over but there are still people that serve that get hurt, that die in the line of duty and it is our responsibility to make sure that they're honored," Ed Pulido said.

Major Ed Pulido is a 20 year army vet.

He lost a leg in the line of duty in 2004, but now he's a motivational speaker.

Pulido says the Upward Bound Program changed his life.

"I'm here today to be a witness of the fact that with the right support and the right motivation and more importantly with the country coming together for our nations hero's and their families we can all make a difference," He said.

"This is a great event and you can expand your horizon to talk to people about what veterans are really needing to get stable again," Tracie Thurman said.

"These service members, they deserve 110 percent, 150 percent from us everyday," Meeks said.