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    Posted April 18, 2014 by
    Rthoen
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    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    Student Veterans Find A Niche

     

    The members of the Student Veteran Association at the University Wisconsin La Crosse are scheduled to conduct their 6th Bi-Annual Gun Shoot.  So why the big deal about a gun shoot? Well this isn’t any normal shoot. The event was created with the idea to get student veterans more involved on campus. For every shoot, the veterans' club invites out a few other student clubs on campus to join in on the fun. The morning is then spent helping dozens of fellow college students, many who have never been around any kind of firearm, to teach them the proper way to handle and fire different types of rifles and pistols in a constructive and safe manner. The event gives student veterans a chance to interact with other students on campus where they would never normally interact. As well as giving student veterans a chance to teach and show the unique skills learned while they served. The students who come out to partake in the event spend their time in awe as they listen to the veterans teaching them. Most of these students have had little to no interactions with veterans. This time gets well spent asking questions not only about the shooting but about the veteran’s service time. The veterans get a chance to dispel myths and defeat stereotypes that surround them in school. This event gives the veterans a chance to stand center stage in an arena that they know very well and let them shine. It also gives a sense of normalcy to the veterans. A chance to transition better into college and feel like they are a part of it. Every year this event grows bigger and bigger and those who hear about it always ask to come. Students who have participated in the past have asked to come back many times now.  By the end of the shoot many new friendships are made and new stories to be told.     

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