Military, Veterans Programs Honoring Purple Heart Recipients in Ceremony

The recognition ceremony will honor campus and local area Purple Heart recipients and one national scholarship winner and dedicate a new Purple Heart flag at Memorial Circle.

WHAT: Purple Heart Recognition Ceremony and flag dedication 

WHEN: 10 a.m. Friday (Aug. 5)

WHERE: Memorial Circle, Texas Tech University campus

EVENT: Texas Tech University’s Military and Veterans Programs and Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 0900 of Lubbock will honor nine campus and 53 local area Purple Heart recipients and one national scholarship winner during a Purple Heart Recognition Ceremony and flag dedication.

Juan Muñoz, senior vice president for the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement and vice provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs, will speak at the ceremony. The Sabre Flight Drill Team will raise a new Purple Heart flag in conjunction with the Texas Tech Police Department.

Steve Oien, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 0900 in Lubbock will present the 53 local area recipients, and Lou Ortiz, director of Military and Veterans programs will present the nine recipients from Texas Tech.

Kailey Snead, a sophomore zoology student from Lubbock, will be announced as a national Military Order of the Purple Heart Scholarship recipient. Snead is the granddaughter of a two-time Purple Heart recipient, George R. Snead of El Paso who is a retired chief warrant officer.

After the ceremony concludes, the Sabre Flight Drill Team and the Texas Tech Police Department will lower the new Purple Heart flag.  The flag will be flown all day on National Purple Heart Day, Sunday (Aug. 7).

Following the Purple Heart Recognition Ceremony at 11 a.m. in the Escondido Theatre in the Student Union Building, Muñoz and Ortiz, along with Apurva Naik, project manager of the College Credit for Heroes program, will be available to speak to the media about the newly implemented College Credit for Heroes program at Texas Tech. The partnership was announced July 25 with Central Texas College District in Killeen.

The College Credit for Heroes program, established by the Texas Workforce Commission, works to maximize the acceptance of college credits awarded to Texas veterans and service members for their military educational experiences and nontraditional learning.

CONTACT: Lou Ortiz, director, Military and Veterans Programs, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-6877 or lou.ortiz@ttu.edu  


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