By KRIS BJORNBAK, Guest Writer

This Friday, November 16, the Alliance for Disability Awareness is hosting a dinner to honor all veterans and to bring awareness about issues veteran face including disabilities brought on by their service.

100% of the proceeds raised will go to the Michigan chapter of Volunteers of America, a charitable organization with programs in place for veterans that help reduce and prevent veteran homelessness, and the many contributing problems such as mental illness, an inability to reintegrate into civilian life, a lack of access to services, a lack of training for employment and much more.

The center in Detroit is a transitional housing center that houses 60 veterans and provides them with case management, counseling as well as employment training and placement. These programs not only deal with the problem at hand, veteran homelessness, but also address the root causes of the issue.

The dinner is held at Byblos Banquet Center in Dearborn. Doors open at 6:00 and the dinner lasts from 6:30 to approximately 9:15. Guest speakers will include State Representative-Elect (and former SG President) David Knezek, UM-Dearborn graduate Suzette Price, and Volunteers of America Michigan’s Veterans Services Manager, Paul Beiring. Everyone is encouraged to come show their support to our veterans. Tickets to the dinner are $20 for veterans, $25 for students with valid student ID and $30 for general admission.

For student organizations or anyone interested in purchasing a table for 8, the price is $200, which also goes to sponsoring a veteran and a guest to attend the dinner. Tickets may be purchased from the Office for Student Engagement on the second floor of the UC as well as the ADA or GLOBE desks in 2101 of the UC.

For more information, contact Uzma Anwar at: uanwar@umd.umich.edu