U-M to host Veterans Week events
U-M is proud to host the 2020 Veterans Week celebration.
This annual event features a week full of educational programming that celebrates the experiences and sacrifice of those who have served the country.
This year, U-M is proud to partner with UM-Flint and UM-Dearborn for Veterans Week activities!
All events are free and open to the university community and the general public, unless otherwise noted. Please attend as many of these events as you can.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions — and for concern for the health of the community and veterans — we are unable to offer most of these events in person.
However, please join these respectful, educational and inspirational virtual panels, lectures and stories via the links below each program.
Monday, Nov. 9
LGBTQ+ in the Military panel discussion: 10 a.m.
Veterans talk about their service, sacrifice and discrimination they faced while serving their country.
Tuesday, Nov. 10
War Dogs, Working Dogs and Therapy Dogs: 11 a.m.
The War Dogs, Working Dogs and Therapy Dogs panelists will discuss the historic use of dogs in the military.
Graduate student panel: 1 p.m.
This panel will feature graduate student veterans who discuss their experiences both in service and as graduate students.
Michigan Medicine veteran panel: 6:30 p.m.
Hear from veterans working at Michigan Medicine as they discuss their experiences both in service and as veterans.
Wednesday, Nov. 11
Undergraduate Student Veterans and Military: 10 a.m.
Current undergraduates who have served in the U.S. military and are now studying at the University of Michigan share their life stories and experiences on campus.
Vietnam War veteran panel: noon
Four Vietnam veterans share stories of service, sacrifice, and perseverance
Author panel with Michael Tougias: 2 p.m.
New York Times bestselling author Michael Tougias will give a lecture and slide presentation on his book The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue.
Thursday, Nov. 12
Military-connected family student panel: 10 a.m.
Learn how the family members of those in the military overcome obstacles and provided support.
‘Weight of Honor’ film discussion: Noon
The panel will feature discussion with Stephanie Seldin Howard, director/producer of “The Weight of Honor,” and Linzi Andersen, a featured family member/caregiver in the film.
VA health care and benefits lecture and discussion: 2 p.m.
Come with questions about VA healthcare and VA benefits to get answers from VA healthcare and VA benefits specialists embedded on our campus.
DEI in the Military: 3 p.m.
Discuss racial issues in the military of the past and present with retired Sergeant Major Eugene Owens.
The Diversity of the Military: 4:30 p.m.
The United States Military is the most diverse employer in the U.S. Hear from our panel about life in the military, what it can teach us about a diverse civilian culture, and how veterans/military increase our own DEI initiatives.
Friday, Nov. 13
Women in the Military panel discussion: Noon
Come and hear the stories of perseverance, grit, and courage demonstrated by women in the military as they honorably served.