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UI Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Operation Education at Veterans Appreciation Dinner

November 04, 2016

The University of Idaho will honor the service and sacrifice of our community veterans and military service members, as well as celebrate the 10th anniversary of Operation Education, at the fourth annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner on Friday, Nov. 11.

Operation Education is a unique scholarship program created by UI in 2006 that offers financial, social and academic support to veterans who sustained service-related injuries since 2001, as well as their spouses.

The guest speaker at this year’s dinner is Captain V. Aaron Contreras, Judge Advocate, U.S. Army, one of the first UI students to graduate from Operation Education. Contreras, 2010 graduate of the College of Law, and his wife, Bonnie, a 2010 graduate of the College of Education, now live in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Other Operation Education scholars, alumni and supporters also will be attending the dinner.

Doors for the Veterans Appreciation Dinner open at 5:30 p.m., with the dinner and program beginning at 6 p.m., in the Bruce M. Pitman Center International Ballroom. Veterans plus one guest receive free admission to the dinner. Tickets for the general public are $10 per person. Seating is limited, and RSVPs are due by Tuesday, Nov. 8. For information or to RSVP, call 208-885-6365 or go to

The Veterans Office and UI ROTC programs also will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony on the front steps of War Memorial Gymnasium in the center of campus on Veterans Day. The ceremony takes place at 11:11 a.m., as observed nationwide.

For more information, contact the University of Idaho Veterans Office at 208-885-7989 or 208-885-7979.

Media Contact

Dan Button
UI Veterans Advisor

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