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UNC Charlotte's Veteran Services held a few events leading up to Veteran's Day, Nov. 11.

Nov. 7-10, there was an ongoing land navigation scavenger hunt. Those participating can enter a drawing for a two-person season pass to Carowinds.

Tyler Thomas, the program manager at Charlotte's Veteran Services Office (VSO), said, "The winner will be announced on Veteran's Day. Anyone who located all the points increased their chances of winning and added their name multiple times into the giveaway. So far, eight partners have found all the signs already. Each sign has a letter, and they need to put the letters together to make the words."

On Nov. 10, there was a veteran's breakfast at Cone in room 210 from 10-11:30 a.m.

"We had over 50 people come to the veteran's breakfast where we served bacon, eggs and a variety of other foods better than our usual mermites [Army canned food] and hot chow," Thomas said.

Following the breakfast, there was a warrior walk for all military-affiliated students, faculty, staff and campus ROTC detachments. The one-mile walk started at Memorial Hall at 12 p.m. and ended at Belk Business Plaza.

"This is the first year doing this event, and we had a few of ROTC detachments attend along with veterans from almost all branches of the military come out," Thomas said.

On Nov. 11 at 9 a.m., the Veteran's Day ceremony will take place at Memorial Hall with Chancellor Sharon L. Gaber. Gaber will preside at the ceremony to recognize military-affiliated attendees.

"Bethany Mavromatis, with the 49er chapter of Student Veterans of America, will speak and talk about the transition from active duty to civilian life. We also have John Bailey, board of trustee's member, coming to speak; he is a UNC Charlotte alumni and veteran," Thomas said.

"We want to build an environment that supports every one of our military-affiliated students with a peerless educational experience and instill a sense of comradery reminiscent of the communities they were a part of during their time serving our country," Thomas said.

Every month, Veteran Services offers coffee socials where Veteran Affairs representatives talk to students about any issues and answer any questions they may have.

In December, the VSO will have a small send-off ceremony for the graduates to wish them luck on their next chapter.

"Moving forward every fall, the UNC Charlotte community can expect to see our student veterans more and more gather together and share out what it means to be a part of this distinguished community," Thomas said.

Editor's note: The following changes have been made to the article: The wording from "raffle" has been changed to "giveaway," the amount of ROTC detachment people who attended the walk has been changed to reflect "a few," John Bailey's title has been added, the ceremony in December is hosted by VSO, not ROTC. The Niner Times regrets these mistakes.