The University of Alabama will celebrate Veterans Week Monday, Nov. 5, through Sunday, Nov. 11, with a variety of unique events on campus.
UA’s Office of Veterans and Military Affairs organizes events each year to celebrate the university’s thriving military community. UA, once again recognized as one of Military Times’ “Best for Vets,” has nearly 3,400 students with varying ties to the U.S. military, including 642 veterans, 455 active service members and 2,285 dependents.
UA has graduated more than 200 military-affiliated students each spring and fall semester since 2017.
The VMA office is a one-stop shop for military-affiliated students. Personnel assist students with G.I. Bill certification and VA disability benefits, and the VMA provides other services like textbook rentals and study and leisure space at its location in Houser Hall.
Veterans Week Events
Monday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
The annual Walk of Champions flag display will be placed in front of Bryant-Denny Stadium to kick off the week.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, noon-1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
A veterans legal clinic will assist students and faculty who are military veterans with general legal issues and estate planning, like drafting a will.
Thursday, Nov. 8, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Community Friends of Campus Veterans Interest Meeting will be held to discuss a sponsorship program with community members and campus veterans. The purpose of the organization is to enlist the resources of the West Alabama community in order to provide person-to-person hospitality programs and other services for military veterans, students, professors, researchers, professionals, and their families, who are students of or who are associated with schools of higher education in the Tuscaloosa area.
Friday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m.-noon
A wreath-laying ceremony will honor military veterans and is open to the UA community. In case of rain, the ceremony will be held in 227 Lloyd Hall.
Saturday, Nov. 10, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
The 3rd annual Tuscaloosa Runs for Veterans 5K, sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama Veterans Affairs Committee, supports local charities including the Tuscaloosa Veterans Memorial Park, the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center Homeless Shelter and The University of Alabama/Shelton State Community College Emergency Relief Fund, which provides assistance to veteran students in dire financial need. Register here.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.