MSU kicks off Veterans Week

MINOT, N.D. - Minot State University is celebrating the men and women who serve are country with a week long of events.

Friday may be Veterans Day, but Minot State University will spend this entire week honoring our veterans with a week of events catered to them.

"We'll have six different service organizations on campus today and we will have at least six the next three days actually in recognition of our veterans here in on campus and within the community and across the country," said Andy Heitkamp, MSU veterans services director.

First up, the veterans employer summit.

"It's good timing to be starting the week with this and then have different topics all the way through and end with veterans day and so we want to make veterans know that we're all very thankful," said Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford.

"They've made the ultimate sacrifice for our country for us to stay safe to stay free. It's our responsibility when they come home to help them transition into good work opportunities," said Peter Corrado, Fortis Energy Services marketing director.

This is the second year of the summit and employers and veterans say it's an important part of the week.

"For veterans it's huge, because sometimes veterans only know one thing and that might be the service they were in. So, for them to be able to come and experience these and see what's out there in the community, maybe find new ways to make money, and better their self is huge," said Kyle Volk, MSU 2016 Graduate .

"If we still have veteran unemployment higher than the national average- the civilian population-it means that there is still work to be done. There is work to be done on helping our military members, our veterans, understand the great skills that they have," said Susan Ogurek, Job Service North Dakota veterans employment representatives.

All the services provided throughout the week is just one way that Minot State says they can say thank you those who are serving and have served.

The community fair continues for the next three days with a veterans day event happening at 11:30 a.m. in the Student Center Atrium. The week culminates on Veterans day with a pancake breakfast at Moose Lounge and a performance by the Minot Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. To find out more information go to the MSU veterans website: http://www.minotstateu.edu/veterans/.