Veterans Week 2019

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is proud to offer a week of events that educate and celebrate the experiences and sacrifice of those who have served our country.

All events are free and are open to the entire university community and to the general public unless otherwise noted. We encourage you to attend as many of these events as you can.

If you have any questions about this year’s events, please email Philip Larson, Program Director Veteran and Military Services, at Also, watch this site for updates and information, including a full schedule of events.

Download a Veterans Week Calendar

Tuesday 11/5

Patient Experience Learning Forum: Serving Those Who Have Served
  • 2-3:30 p.m.
  • Danto Auditorium, Frankel Cardiovascular Center

The opportunity to serve our nation’s veterans is an honor for many health care providers. Along with this honor comes a responsibility to serve veteran patients with a sense of cultural and linguistic competency related to their service. Each veteran has had a unique experience while serving in the armed forces. When health care providers are able to provide care to patients with consideration of their experience as a service member, it displays a sense of appreciation to that veteran for their service. A foundation of knowledge in regards to military culture, veterans’ benefits, veterans’ resources, and how to navigate the systems in place will empower providers to better serve the “veteran” aspect of their patient. This presentation and discussion serves as an introductory conversation and guide with a goal of increasing a veteran’s access to their benefits and improving the care and experience for veterans and their families who receive care at Michigan Medicine.

You can also live stream this event via BlueJeans Live Stream.

Wednesday 11/6

Stories of Service
  • 7-9 p.m.
  • Michigan Theater

The entire campus community as well as the general public is welcome to our Gala Event. The evening will feature stories from veterans across many eras and from many types of service. In between stories there will be live music. Tickets are $15 and admission for veterans is free. For complete details and to purchase tickets, visit

Speaker Event with Michael S. Erwin: Solitude is Practice for Tomorrow’s Leaders
  • 7:30 p.m.
  • Weill Hall (735 S. State Street), Annenberg Auditorium (1120)

Michigan Athletics, Barger Leadership Institute, Ford School of Public Policy, M-Lead, LSA Opportunity Hub, Rackham Graduate School and the Sanger Leadership Center welcome you to a talk with author, co-founder and president of the Positivity Project, CEO of the Character and Leadership Center, Founder or Team RWB, and Michigan Alumni, Michael S. Erwin for a talk “In a Distracted World, Solitude is Practice for Tomorrow’s Leaders.” Register at

Friday 11/8

VETx: Student Veteran Storytelling
  • 5-8 p.m.
  • Ross School of Business, Robertson Auditorium

Student and alumni veterans will share TED Talk-style stories of lessons learned in the military that they still use today. Food and drinks will be served.

Monday 11/11

Flag Raising Ceremony
  • 8 a.m.
  • Law Quad Flag Pole
Appreciation Lunch
  • 12 Noon-2 p.m.
  • Michigan League Ballroom

Open to students, staff, and faculty at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, who have served or who are serving in the U.S. military. RSVP required.

The USS Liberty Incident: Lecture and Discussion
  • 2 p.m.
  • Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room

The USS Liberty incident was an attack on a United States Navy technical research ship, USS Liberty, by Israeli Air Force jet fighter aircraft and Israeli Navy motor torpedo boats, on 8 June 1967, during the Six-Day War. The combined air and sea attack killed 34 crew members (naval officers, seamen, two marines, and one civilian), wounded 171 crew members, and severely damaged the ship. Hear from a survivor of that attack and efforts to have a full investigation and recognition of the event.

Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation Lecture Series. Policy Talks @ the Ford School: Conversation on National Security Service and Policy
  • 4-5:20 p.m.
  • Weill Hall (735 S. State Street), Annenberg Auditorium (1120)

Please join the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy for a conversation with LTG James Clapper (USAF, ret.), LTG Michael Nagata (USA, ret.), and Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) on national security, service, and policy. This wide-ranging discussion in honor of Veterans Day will cover current national security issues, as well as the importance of public service. The conversation will be moderated by Towsley Foundation Policymaker in Residence Javed Ali. Visit for complete event details and to watch the livestream.

Flag Lowering Ceremony
  • 5 p.m.

Tuesday 11/12

LGBT Panel
  • 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room

Since 1778 when Lieutenant Gotthold Frederick Enslin became the 1st servicemember dismissed from the military for homosexuality, persons who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender have faced discrimination in the military. Since the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” LGBTQ+ service members have been allowed to serve openly in the US military and federal benefits have been extended to cover their dependents. Come hear veterans talk about their service, sacrifice and discrimination they faced while serving their country.

The Diversity of the Military
  • 12 Noon-1:30 p.m.
  • Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room

What does it mean to serve along people of every race, gender, creed, religion, place of origin? How does military service take people from different backgrounds and create an effective unit? Unknown to many, the United States Military is the most diverse employer in the US. It has constantly lead the way in expanding its meaning of service member and pushed racial, gender and sexual orientation boundaries decades before the civilian workplace. Come and 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 UM DIE initiatives.

Wednesday 11/13

Vietnam Panel
  • 10-11 a.m.
  • Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room

This is a chance to hear Vietnam Veterans talk about their experiences during that controversial war and how they were treated when they returned home. Their remarkable stories of service, sacrifice and perseverance will change how you look at Vietnam and the men and women who served there.

Global War on Terror Veterans
  • 11 a.m.-12 Noon
  • Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room

A talk with military service men and women who have served during the nations longest time of armed conflict. This generation of military members have faced multiple deployments, ever shifting policies and goals and and a nation that is largely unaware of the containing conflict. From 9/11/2001 to today, come and hear their stories of service!

VA Eligibility and Supportive Services
  • 1-2:30 p.m.
  • Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room

Come and learn about the different services available to veterans through the VA healthcare system, what criteria are used to assess their needs how they can best access care. Eligibility, services, case management, and crisis intervention programs will be discussed by AAVAMC Healthcare support staff. Current research studies will also be reviewed.

Suicide Prevention in Veteran and Military Service Members
  • 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room

The rate of suicide is 2.2 times higher among female veterans than their civilian counterparts. The suicide rate is 1.3 times higher among male veterans than their civilian counterparts. An estimated 22 veterans kill themselves every day.

With those alarming and disturbing statistics in mind, come and learn what the Ann Arbor VA is doing to lower the rate of suicide attempts and suicides among the veterans that it sees. Also, we will discuss steps the Ann Arbor VA is taking to reach more veterans and military families that are in critical need of mental health care to try to reduce the risk of suicide.

Authority, Accountability, and Responsibility: Translating Military Leadership Lessons for Business and Policy Leaders. A talk with Donald Winter, 74th U.S. Secretary of the Navy
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Stephen M. Ross School of Business (701 Tappan Ave), Robertson Auditorium

Please join the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, The Steven M Ross School of Business and Michigan Engineering for a conversation between Secretary Donald Winter and Mike Barger, executive director of the Michigan Ross Office of Strategy and Academic Innovation. Their conversation will focus on the intersection between military leadership and civilian business and policy decisions. Visit for complete event details and to watch the livestream.

Thursday 11/14

Student Panel
  • 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room

Student Veterans studying at the University of Michigan will discuss their time in service and their transition to college. We will have both graduate and undergraduate students on the panel.

Therapy and Service Dogs
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room

Come and learn about how dogs and therapy animals can help returning veterans struggling with visible and invisible wounds. Meet service dogs, therapy dogs and emotional support animals and learn how you can get involved and support animals caring for wounded warriors. Must love dogs!

Movie: Lioness
  • 2-4 p.m.
  • Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room

Lioness presents the untold story of the first group of women soldiers in US history to be sent into direct ground combat, in violation of official policy. Told through intimate accounts, journal excerpts, archive footage, as well as interviews with military commanders, the film follows five women who served together for a year in Iraq. With captivating detail, this probing documentary reveals the unexpected course of events that began with using US women soldiers to defuse tensions with local civilians, but resulted in the women’s fighting in some of the bloodiest counter-insurgency battles of the war. Together the women’s candid narratives and scenes from their lives back home form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war from a female point of view. Lioness is the first film to bridge the gap between perception and reality of the role women in the military are playing in Iraq, capturing an historical turning point for American society.

Friday 11/15

Women in the Military
  • 9-10:30 a.m.
  • Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room

Since WWI and before, women have served vital supportive roles in the U.S. military. Now women are serving along side their male counterparts in some of the most dangerous work in the military. Often they have to overcome sexist stereotypes, sexual harassment or worse all while serving their country. Come and hear their stories of perseverance, grit and courage.Panelists will come from different branches and periods of service and will share the impact of service on their lives.

Pop-up Exhibit: From the Front
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Clements Library, Norton Strange Townshend Room

The Clements Library is known for the quantity, variety, and quality of its collections documenting the military aspects of American history. This pop-up exhibit features paintings, drawings, letters, journals and other materials created by veterans from the Revolutionary War through World War II. Join us in commemorating Veterans Day by experiencing (in Abraham Lincoln’s words) “The mystic chords of memory” through these personal narratives.

Assessment and Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress in Today’s Veterans
  • 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
  • Michigan League, Kalamazoo Room

What is PTSD? How is it diagnosed? What are the treatment and caregiving options? What are the outcomes both short-term and long-term for veterans with PTSD? What is Post Traumatic Growth? How does gender affect PTSD manifestations and outcomes? These are some of the questions that the Ann Arbor VA Hospital looks to find answers for. Come and hear about the latest research and studies involving PTSD and treatments from Sarah Richards, one of the leaders in the Ann Arbor PTSD Clinical Team.