United Tribes NewsUnited Tribes Veterans Honored
23 December 2012
HEARTY CONGRATULATIONS: The United Tribes Veterans group, Freedom Defenders, presented its first-ever scholarship November 16 during an all-campus Veterans honoring. Brett Smith (Standing Rock), Fort Yates, ND, was named recipient of a $250 award for Spring Semester 2013, presented here by Mike Iken, UTTC Counselor and Veterans group coordinator. Smith, a student in the Criminal Justice bachelors program, served eight years in the U. S. Army. He was selected to receive the scholarship based on his essay response to this question: “How did your time in the Military help make you a better student?” His response is reprinted here.
DENNIS J. NEUMANN<>United Tribes News
How my time in the military helped make me a better student?By Brett Smith, UTTC Criminal Justice Student
My time in the military helped by reinforcing few values that I learned growing up. I relate the “Seven Core Values of the Army” to my personal life and my upbringing. L.D.R.S.H.I.P. is the acronym for those values and they played a huge part in growing up, while I was in the Army, and even more so now as I further my education.
- Loyalty: To my school, my fellow students and my instructors.
- Duty: It is my duty to be in class on time, turn in my work on time and always lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
- Respect: For myself, my family, friends, classmates and anyone I interact with.
- Selfless Service: Doing the right thing without expecting anything in return; Lending a helping hand without expecting reward.
- Honor: In what I do; Getting an education is something I take pride in.
- Integrity: Being honest; don’t cheat.
- Personal Courage: Going back to school is a huge step! Having the courage to face the world where things can be tough; overcoming any hardships that follow.
I take these values and use them for daily motivation in everything I do in my classes, with my friends and family, and most of all, with the “higher-ups,” my instructors.
I believe it’s important to observe them all. I lived by them during six years of active duty. They support to each other. If you neglect one, then the next will fall away.
Veterans Day 2012
Veterans Day 2012
It Was The Veteran
It was the Veteran, not the reporter,
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It was the Veteran, not the poet,
Who has given us freedom of speech,
It was the Veteran, not the lawyer,
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It was the Veteran, not the campus organizer,
Who has given us freedom to demonstrate.
It is the Veteran, who salutes the flag,
Who served under the flag,
And Whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
– Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC
"This Nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." – Elmer Davis
"American Veterans have served their country with the belief that democracy and freedom are ideals to be upheld around the world." – John Doolittle
‘Thank You’ Veterans of United Tribes
David M. Gipp
Louis “Buster” Laundreaux
Margaret Red Shirt
Waylon Black Crow
Billi Jo Gravseth
Sir Edward Manning
Marie Short bull
Preston Wise Spirit
– Compiled by Mike Iken, Center for Academic/Personal Counseling; UTTC Veterans Coordinator
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