Union College, Appalachian Regional Healthcare partner to host Veterans Appreciation Day

Published on
October 27, 2015

Union College, Appalachian Regional Healthcare partner to host Veterans Appreciation DayUnion College will host Veterans Appreciation Day sponsored by Appalachian Regional Healthcare on Saturday, Nov. 7, to honor the area’s veterans and active military personnel.

As part of Veterans Appreciation Day, everyone will receive free admission to the Union football game against Bluefield College. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m.

In addition, the first 150 veterans and/or active military members in attendance will receive a special t-shirt and gift basket, compliments of Union and Appalachian Regional Healthcare. To receive a gift basket, veterans are requested to present their military ID and/or be in uniform. Veterans will also be asked to participate in a special recognition ceremony at 1 p.m.

Appalachian Regional Healthcare is sponsoring the event and leading the recognition of our veterans, having recently announced the partnership with Union.

“ARH is proud to be a strong community partner and is pleased to join Union College in supporting our veterans,” says Joe Grossman, President and CEO of Appalachian Regional Healthcare.

There are more than 5,000 Appalachians employed by ARH in 10 facilities in Kentucky and West Virginia. ARH facilities offer a range of service for local families, including specialty care through an affiliation with the University of Kentucky. ARH is looking to bring its quality brand of health care and service to the Knox County community as well as they are expected to assume management of that facility by the end of the year.

“We are grateful to have ARH coming to our community; supporting our college, supporting our veterans and supporting our local families,” said Monica Clouse, Director of Community & Foundation Relations at Union.

Clouse and other Union officials worked over the summer to host a family day event for local guardsmen and their families. The Veterans Appreciation Day sponsored by ARH builds on that program. Barbourville is home to 1st Battalion, 149th Infantry of the Kentucky National Guard, known as the Mountain Warriors.

“Union is proud to be part of the military heritage of our area and want to continue to find ways to honor all the military veterans and families that have served our institution, the Barbourville community and our country,” Clouse added.

Union has served our nation’s service members since 1919 with establishment of programs and facilities to support veterans returning from the first World War. Today, Union makes education affordable for veterans by offering specialty services and financial aid programs to support the academic aspirations of military personnel and their families. For more information, visit unionky.edu/veterans