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Life West honors veterans as speaker examines word ‘integrity’

Life West Vice President Scott Donaldson, far right, stands with veterans from the college's community.

Life West Vice President Scott Donaldson, far right, stands with veterans from the college’s community.

With Veterans Day just around the corner, Life West took time to honor the active and former military personnel within the community on Friday. Students, faculty and staff members with military experience were called to the stage in front of an appreciative crowd of their peers prior to a presentation from faculty member Janet Wesdorf, DC.

“It is with great honor that we celebrate the brave souls who have defended our country,” Life West President Dr. Ron Oberstein wrote in a statement that was read aloud. “They’ve served us to protect our freedom at any cost. The men and women on our stage today served or continue to serve in our armed forces because they believe freedom is something worth protecting.”

The ceremony was led by Life West faculty member Stephen James, DC, a veteran of the United States Air Force. Dr. James stressed the value of showing gratitude to veterans for their service, which he said is one of the highest compliments one can receive.

“If you happen to see somebody who’s in their uniform or wearing a hat that says ‘veteran,’ go up and thank them,” he urged. “You’ll be amazed at how much they appreciate it.”

Dr. James recognized members of the Life West family by name as they walked across the stage. They passed the mike as they described their military service in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps to an enthusiastic crowd that remained on their feet for a solid 10 minutes.

Dr. Wesdorf followed the veterans with a presentation on the concept of integrity. Her presentation included an appeal to students to recognize the importance of what they will do after graduation.

“You’re already in a big game,” Dr. Wesdorf said. “The moment you decided to join this profession, and the moment you signed on at this school, you broke through into the arena and jumped on that court. If you’re not playing a big game in all facets of your life, it’s not going to be pretty.”

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