BHSU welcomes national president of the American Legion Auxiliary

Author: BHSU Communications/Thursday, March 19, 2015/Categories: 2015








           National President of the American Legion Auxiliary, Janet Jefford, talks with Veterans Club President Steve Weir during her visit to the BHSU Veterans Center Thursday.






           BHSU student veterans, members of the American Legion Auxiliary, and veterans from the Black Hills welcomed Auxiliary President Janet Jefford to campus Thursday.  



Veterans, student veterans, and American Legion Auxiliary members greeted Janet Jefford, National President of the American Legion Auxiliary, when she visited Black Hills State University&rsquos Veterans Center Thursday, March 19.

South Dakota Auxiliary Department President Carol Edwards shared the history of community service, camaraderie and friendship provided by the BHSU Veterans Club.

"The Veterans Club has had a presence on the BHSU campus for many years.  When a military student returns to campus, they need the fellowship of a group that understands their needs," said Edwards.

Micheline Nelson, assistant professor of math and science education at BHSU and Spearfish Auxiliary Unit 164 President, said Jefford visited the Veterans Center to meet the university veterans and visit with them about the benefit of having a Veterans Center on campus. Nelson shared how the Spearfish Unit of the Auxiliary works with the Veterans Club to organize fundraisers and community projects to help veterans, military service members and their families.  

John Bohlinger, outdoor education major from Cheyenne, Wyo. and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who served in Afghanistan, said Jefford&rsquos visit shows support for students struggling with the transition from military service to civilian life.

"You have this big family during your military service and then it ends.  Now, I study in the Veterans Center almost every day, or hang out with people in the Veterans Club.  The Center is somewhere to go, it&rsquos a place, it&rsquos a niche for us," said Bohlinger.  

When Jefford asked those in attendance what they needed for the campus Veterans Center, Veterans Club President Steve Weir, mass communications major from Belle Fourche, responded.

"It&rsquos difficult for us to think of something we need, because we&rsquore always thinking about what we can give," said Weir.


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