Veteran and Military Appreciation Day at ECU

ADA, OK - With Memorial Day right around the corner, East Central University wanted to show its appreciation to our veterans by hosting a career and resource fair for them Thursday.

Memorial Day is a day to remember those who have died serving our country and for veterans the holiday hits close to home.

"Oklahoma loves its veterans," Oklahoma Secretary of Veterans and Military Affairs Rita Aragon said. "I have been saying it for the last eighteen months, we have lots of people who want to do things for veterans and lots of veterans who need things but there is nothing to tie them together."

In honor of Memorial Day, ECU hosted a resource and career fair for veterans.

Over fifty military-related organizations were at the event handing out information on their cause.

Director for Veterans Upward Bound Mary Meeks said. "We want this to be a day of information, an opportunity for us to say thank you but also to make them aware of all the things that ECU has and that we have in the community for veterans."

Aragon was the Veteran and Military Appreciation Day key note speaker.

"We have people that aren't directly related to the military here saying 'We help veterans get food or get a free haircut or get free legal services'," Aragon said. "Oklahoma Lawyers for America's Heros, all kinds of great services that are offered here, but they gotta know about them."

Aragon retired from the Air Force in 2007 as a major general.

She said Thursday's resource fair is a great way to say thank you to those who put their life on the line for our freedom.

"Veterans are three times as unemployed as the rest of the citizens are so we are working really hard to try to find jobs for veterans and we are trying to help them find better jobs than they had before they ever left us," Aragon said.

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