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Event supports LU veterans

LU’s recent Veterans Day appreciation BBQ not only signaled the university’s appreciation for veterans among its students, faculty and staff, it also provided support for a veterans support organization that may soon provide unique outdoor experiences for LU veterans, said Kyle Mutz, director of the Disability Resource Center.

All the food items were donated and the $1433 raised were presented to the Southeast Texas Chapter of Heroes on the Water, a veterans support organization that has helped veterans enjoy kayak fishing since 2007. The group’s guided fishing trips include basic kayak fishing and paddling instruction, angling clinics and paddling classes for participants at all skill levels.

More than 16 volunteers helped during the appreciation BBQ that featured a showcase of the various services, both campus and community based, available to military veterans at the LU.

 “The event would not have happened without the hard work of Erin Tabor, Eric Matthews, and David Short,” Mutz said. “Our staff and countless people came together to make a difference and show our support for the men and women of our great military.”

 “With the money we raised we should be able to send several veterans from Lamar on some therapeutic outdoor trips which includes fishing, kayaking, and other activities with other veterans,” he said.

“The day was such a success that we hope to make it an annual event to bring the university community together for a great cause,” Mutz sai