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UWSP Veterans Day event honors students

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Celebration of our veterans continues Monday, and an annual veterans remembrance event at UW-Stevens Point was even more emotional this year.

UWSP officials say they are mourning the loss of two students just back from serving their country.

"It's something you're not ever going to really get over – ever," said Ann Whipp, UWSP Veterans Coordinator.

"Personally, I don't know those two that have passed away, but it's always good to know that we're thinking about others past, future, and present," said Cadet Matt Rausch, UWSP ROTC.

UWSP Chancellor Bernie Patterson says it's important to take the time to recognize veterans.

"They have paid a huge sacrifice, not only the veterans and active military, but their families as well – their spouses and their children," said Patterson.

UWSP was ranked as one of the 2013 Most Military Friendly Schools by GI Jobs.

"That's not by accident. We try to make a deliberate effort to be military friendly, veteran friendly," said Patterson.

And students are noticing the effort the University puts in.

"I've been to other schools before I came to UWSP and there was no big deal about veterans and honoring them and stuff like that," said Rausch.

UWSP has a dedicated Veterans Coordinator to help veterans transition back to civilian life. She says veterans add a lot to the campus community.

"They're helping faculty, staff and other students just become more aware of what military service is about and the aftermath," said Whipp.

University officials are glad to take the time to thank veterans for their sacrifice.

About 85 people were in attendance for Monday's veterans remembrance event.

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