Western Nevada College Student Veterans invite the entire community and college to take part in a Veterans Suicide Walk to honor and remember the many veterans who have suffered and/or taken their own lives.
On Saturday, May 2, at 10 am, all are invited to walk approximately 1.3 miles up West College Parkway from the intersection of North Carson Street and West College Parkway to the WNC main campus. Walkers will park and assemble in the parking area south of Bullyâ€™s Restaurant.
Along the way, walkers will view signage that is meant to send caring thoughts to veterans, and also acknowledge the suffering and needs that many veterans bring home from battle. Words like â€œWe will fight with youâ€ and â€œWe havenâ€™t given up on youâ€ are shared with stark messages such as â€œA veteran commits suicide every 65 minutesâ€ and â€œIt takes the courage and strength of a warrior to ask for help.â€
WNC Veterans Club co-founder Tim Galluzi said the WNC Veterans Club seeks to improve life for their peers. In a variety of ways and using diverse activities, veterans of all ages and walks of life are helping students and each other to heal and succeed.
The students, along with WNC faculty member/veteran Kevin Burns, pushed for a Veterans Center on campus to assist student veterans in adjusting to college, as well as mentoring them to meet their academic goals.
The group has hosted BBQs at the WNC Carson City and Fallon campuses, where college students and community residents can learn about services and benefits they may be able to use.