Temple University supported U.S. Veterans this past weekend by hosting the GI’s of Comedy charity show. This laugh-out-loud event featured a combination of local comedians as well as national stand up acts. The comedy night was co-sponsored by Temple University’s Student Veterans Affairs Office as well as the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network.
The event kicked off with a brief cocktail hour. The GIs of Comedy came all the way from Los Angeles. Temple University was a desired destination for their tour due to the international reputation for assisting Veterans transition from their service with something we all enjoy, laughing. On a more serious note, Thom Tran, founder of the organization, spoke to the audience about the importance of networking and why companies would benefit from hiring former service members.
Alex Archawski of the Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network explained that, “We have three different missions: to support our transitioning veterans, our student veterans, and any veterans that live in the area. We have lots of different ambassadors, Temple being one, that allow us to do these sort of things.” GPVN have many events planned though out the year including Shark Tanks and other networking opportunities for veterans.
The comedy show is just one of the events that Temple University is hosting as Military Appreciation Month approaches in November. Associate Director of the Student Veterans Affairs Office Laura Reddick exclaimed, “It is going to be off the hook here at the University next month. We have designated it as Military Appreciation Month, so our big signature event is our Veteran’s Day Program. We have programs on both Ambler and Main campus on November 11th at eleven o’clock.
It is clear that Temple University has made it their mission to support the troops and veterans in every way possible. Temple truly embraces the title of a yellow ribbon.