UTHealth is committed to building a strong community of veterans and veteran supporters. The goal of the Veteran Community Network is to bring together veterans and their supporters by sharing information about relevant current events and news stories, as well as upcoming networking and volunteer opportunities that support the veteran community. The network is open to all employees who are veterans or active service members, their spouses or dependents, and any employees or students who consider themselves to be supporters of the military.
As part of our commitment to veterans and those serving in the military, UTHealth partnered with Operation Gratitude this Veterans Day to write letters of gratitude for Deployed Troops, Veterans, Wounded Heroes & Caregivers, and Recruit Graduates. Handwritten letters gave our UTHealth community an opportunity to say “thank you” to our service members. This was also a great opportunity for employees to engage their children as well by creating their own artwork to accompany their notes of encouragement.
Members of the UTHealth Veteran Community Network and their families participated in Wreaths America at the Houston National Cemetery, where they laid wreaths across the headstones of those who served in our armed forces. This is the second year the UTHealth Veteran Community participated in the event. Wreaths Across America started as a simple gesture of thanks that has grown into a national movement of dedicated volunteers and communities coming together to remember the nation’s fallen and honor their service, while teaching the next generation about the sacrifices made for us to live freely, according to the initiative. The Houston National Cemetery is one of more than 1,700 participating locations across the country where volunteers lay remembrance wreaths on the graves of our country’s fallen heroes.