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December 5th, 2015
ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The Warner’s Warm-up Coat Drive began November first and just wrapped up this weekend.
Since the drive began more than a decade ago the former Rams quarter back, along with Operation Food Search and of course the St. Louis community have helped give away more than 165,000 coats. The goal this year is to give away 15,000. Tuesday Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda began giving away so those coats to some very deserving people.
150 U.S. veterans received the VIP treatment with a reception and coat giving away at St. Patrick Center. They also received hats, personal care items and even flu shots. Helping them try on their new coats was St. Louis legend Kurt Warner and his wife. The Warner coat give away has been going strong for nearly 15 years. Ten years after leaving the Rams Kurt Warner continues to lend his name to the cause, he says, because of his love for the people of St. Louis and their continued support.
“Whether I was playing here or NY or AZ or we just come back now and it’s just means so much to be able to continue initiatives in the community to be able to connect with the people who meant so much to us over the years,” said Warner.
One former homeless vet knows firsthand about being cold on the street with no coat. He says it was on the streets he witnessed Kurt Warner’s generosity firsthand.
“I saw him coming out a football game and I was pan handling on the street and he stopped, went out of his way to give me money personally out of his pocket,” said Jeffrey Williams who is also a vet.
This giveaway is especially important to Brenda Warner who is served in the Marines in the 1990’s. She just wants these vets to know how grateful they are for their service.
“You know it’s a sacrifice because they sacrifice a lot. To know they have a coat on I hope it is a hug for them because they deserve it. They deserve to be acknowledged, recognized and celebrated,” said Brenda Warner.
And that is the goal of the coat give away to let veterans know they are not invisible and that the St. Louis community cares about them.
Operation Food Search will soon begin coat distribution to homeless shelters, schools and other social service agencies though the bi-state region.
Even though the coat drive ended over the weekend, you can still donate through this week at FedEx office locations.
SWIC named Best for Vets and top Military Friendly School
Southwestern Illinois College has been named one of the nation’s top educational institutions for veterans by Military Times magazine in their annual Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 2-year schools poll. The college, one of only 175 2-year, 4-year, online and nontraditional schools nationwide to be included, has made the list of top 25 2-year institutions for the third consecutive year.
In addition, SWIC has been named a 2016 Military Friendly School® by Victory Media, the leading media group for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. SWIC has been placed in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to serve America’s military service members, veterans and dependents as students and to ensure their success on campus.
“SWIC is once again the only community college in the state of Illinois to be recognized on the Best for Vets list,” said President Georgia Costello, Ph.D. “We are honored to receive both this and the Military Friendly designation, and take great pride in the services we offer our veteran students and their dependents. Supporting veterans and military families is one of our top priorities. Not only do we assist veterans and their dependents with obtaining federal and state education benefits, we offer additional support for long-term success.”
SWIC serves 2,700 military men and women and their dependents each year– the largest population of any Illinois public college or university.
Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran adds: “Those earning the 2016 Military Friendly® designation demonstrate a strong connection between classroom learning and career development. They’re moving the needle beyond ‘why recruit military’ to translating military competencies into training and positive employment after graduation.”
Among many outstanding attributes, SWIC was recognized for its:
- Veterans & Career Services center – located on the Belleville Campus, this student center allows the college to better serve our students by featuring one-on-one personalized assistance to process benefit requests and identify additional support needs, a student lounge, and career services that help veterans transition from the military to the civilian job market;
- VetSuccess on Campus counselor – SWIC is one of just 94 schools nationwide to host a U.S.
Department of Veterans Affairs counselor on campus full time;
• Veteran New Student Orientation program – assists veterans in their transition to the student
community by providing an overview of college programs, services and activities; introducing
them to all the college staff that assist with veteran services; integrating them with the general
student veteran population through workshop sessions; and fostering camaraderie and
relationship-building through small group dynamics;
- Annual Veterans Hiring Event – attracts more than 100 employers and assists student veterans and veteran alumni in securing employment and advancement opportunities.
According to the Military Times, the rankings factor in the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students’ success rates. The detailed survey requires schools to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to military and veteran students and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus.
Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an organization a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.
According to Victory Media, the colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s Military Friendly Schools list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.
Now in its seventh year, the 2016 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that yielded the 2016 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country.
Sunday, November 15, 2015
November 4th, 2015
Veterans Hiring Event to be held Nov. 4 at SWIC Belleville Campus
If you are looking for a new job or would like service agency information targeted specifically for veterans, then attend the Veterans Hiring Event at Southwestern Illinois College. The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Nov. 4 in the SWIC Belleville Campus Varsity Gym, 2500 Carlyle Ave.
“This event is focused on veterans, but all individuals are welcome,” said Career Center and Veterans Services Coordinator Bonnie Heuer. “We will have more than 100 employers and service providers in attendance.”
Individuals should arrive dressed to impress with plenty of copies of their résumés, she added.
To see the entire list of attending companies, visit swic.edu/vet-job-fair.
The event is a partnership between SWIC Veteran & Career Services center and the Illinois Department of Employment Security.
For more information, contact Heuer at 618-235-2700, ext. 5552.
Saturday , November 7 , 2015
PLEASE RSVP FOR THIS EVENT BY OCTOBER 30, 2015
Saturday , November 7th, 2015
|USMC Birthday & Gold Star Family Luncheon|
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Join the Semper Fi Society of St. Louis in celebrating this 6th annual event. Celebrate the USMC Birthday and recognize Gold Star Families. Registration is required.
Read more about our upcoming events here: stlmarines.org/event
Saturday , November 7th, 2015
Saturday , November 7th, 2015
Tuesday & Thursday, November 10 & 12, 2015