HFCC to celebrate Veterans Day with ceremony, documentary screening

DEARBORN — Henry Ford Community College will celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11, with a ceremony honoring veterans at 9:30 a.m., followed by a screening of the Emmy-winning documentary “Where Soldiers Come From” in the Welcome Center West Community Room on the main campus, 5101 Evergreen.

Lisa Copprue, HFCC vice president of Student Affairs, will give the opening address and welcome everyone, followed by remarks from HFCC President Stan Jensen and Roxanne McDonald, a member of the HFCC Board of Trustees.

Afterward, there will be a screening of “Where Soldiers Come From.” Written, produced and directed by Heather Courtney, this 2011 documentary follows best friends Dominic and Cole who enlist in the military upon graduation from their rural high school.

The two recruit several more friends to join the National Guard, tempted by a $20,000 signing bonus and the college tuition support of the G.I. Bill. They’re sent to Afghanistan, spending their days sweeping for roadside bombs and becoming increasingly disillusioned about their mission.

However, once their tour of duty ends, they are no longer the same people who left their hometown. In the aftermath, they cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and a traumatic brain injury in addition to the challenge of returning to civilian life.

The documentary looks beyond the guns and policies of an ongoing war to tell a human story about family, friendship and community, and how all that changes when young people go off to fight.

“Where Soldiers Come From” will also be screened at 1 and 3 p.m.
The College Store – also on the main campus – also will participate in Veterans Day by offering a 20 percent discount on HFCC-imprinted items in the store. Discounted items include clothing, hats, notebooks, pens, pencils, and other items. However, this discount does not extend to textbooks, hardware, software and electronics.

In September, HFCC earned high honors when it was named to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, which provides assistance for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. This is the second consecutive year HFCC was named to this list.

HFCC is in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the nation that are doing the most to support America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and to ensure their success on campus, according to Victory Media.

In 2012, HFCC established the Office of Military and Veterans Service, in the Learning Resource Center on the main campus. Veterans can speak to a counselor about their education benefits and how it pertains to taking classes at HFCC, use the computers, as well as gather information on other military benefits. Some veterans’ military experience may even equate into a college credit.

There are two Veterans Affairs advisors in the Welcome Center. Additionally, veteran Napoleon Quick is HFCC’s veterans’ counselor; he is available to help veterans with their personal needs in addition to HFCC matters.

HFCC again will participate in the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program. When President Barack Obama signed the Veterans Opportunity to Work to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 into law, VRAP was included. VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed veterans.

As a military-friendly school, HFCC has made it a priority to provide swift, efficient and effective services to our honored veterans who wish to receive higher education and career training opportunities.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information about Veterans Day at HFCC, contact the Student Activities Office at 313-845-9865. To learn more about how HFCC can assist veterans, go to https://www.hfcc.edu/veterans.