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How UC Blue Ash Is Making Sure There’s ‘No One Left Behind’

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Students, faculty and staff at UC Blue Ash College got the chance to send thanks to military veterans in a creative way.

The 5th annual Operation Hallmark event took place in the Muntz Hall Commons on Thursday, November 1.

Students, faculty and staff were able to decorate cards that would be sent to veterans in different Veteran homes in Ohio.

“It’s an opportunity for students to get involved and to raise awareness for Veteran’s Day,” says Josh Monson, Veteran Affairs Coordinator at UC Blue Ash.

Student veterans at UC Blue Ash will hand-deliver cards to the Georgetown Veteran’s Home in Georgetown, Ohio, on November 9, preceding the Veteran’s Day ceremony that takes place on the UC Uptown campus. The remaining cards will be mailed out to veteran homes in Sandusky, Ohio.

“We want them to know that they’re never forgotten,” says Monson.

Monson credits the creativity and success of the project to Jill Cochran, VetSuccess Counselor at the UC Uptown campus.

“When the idea for creating Veterans Day cards came about a few years ago, Jill’s inner artist came out,” says Monson. “She brought supplies from Clifton to offer an opportunity for our UCBA students to take part in the project and join forces with our Student Veteran community.”

At the end of the day there were 110 cards made between 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monson says this is a great activity that upholds the military motto of “No man left behind” and also helps veteran students on campus build a community for support.

For more information on Veteran Affairs at UC Blue Ash, visit the Veteran’s webpage or contact Josh Monson at Joshua.monson@uc.edu.

About Lori Rinehart

Lori Rinehart is the Communications Intern at UC Blue Ash for the 2018-19 academic year. Lori studies Journalism and Spanish at the University of Cincinnati Uptown campus.