Every two years since 2007 the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership honors Harvard veterans for their service. On Monday, March 11th the fourth of these ceremonies will be held in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum.
This year, Harvard Kennedy School students decided to do things a little differenty. The theme for this year's event is, "Ask What You Can Do For America's Veterans." Rather than hold a ceremony with a keynote address to honor veterans, students decided to have a discussion on veteran policy with General Stanley McChrystal, Houston, Texas Mayor Annise Parker and President of Mission Continues Spencer Kympton. The discussion will be moderated by army veteran and current Harvard Kennedy School student Daniel Feehan.
"There are two sides to the veteran issue," said Feehan. "One is that veterans can struggle after war in the form of substance abuse and mental health challenges. Veterans are over represented in the homeless population and sadly in suicide. But, veterans are not a charity case. There's a very strong movement in this country to empower veterans."
The Forum will take place on Monday, March 11th at 6 p.m. and will begin with the playing of the National Anthem. See photos and read coverage of the 2011 event and follow the IOP on Twitter for live updates throughout the night.