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example image #1Veteran's Success at Sam is proud to have sponsored many events in support of Sam Houston State University's and our nation's veterans.

For more information regarding a past event, please see below or contact us at:

(936) 294-1046 or email:veterans@shsu.edu


Fall 2010 Events

September 2010 - Inaugural Ruck March

The Inaugural “Carry Their Load” 5-mile Ruck March began bright and early on Saturday, September 25, in conjunction with Parent’s Weekend and the first home football game of the season. SHSU’s Veterans Resource Center, along with the Collegiate Veterans Association, organized the march. Multiple volunteers from various organizations across the campus and community helped make this event a resounding success! Participants ranged in age from 2 (in a stroller) to 65. Mr. Virgil LaRue of Huntsville, a Bataan Death March survivor, was Grand Marshall and officially started the Ruck March. Over 350 participants from across Southeast Texas, in 4 different divisions, competed for various prizes including bragging rights. Taking top honors in the Military Heavy Division (Cadet) was the SHSU ROTC Ranger Challenge Team with a time of 1 hour and 5 minutes. Next was the Walker County Sheriffs’ Department (Law Enforcement), the Line Dogs of the Huntsville US Army Recruiting Office (Military) and the Texas Forest Service Team (EMS/Fire). The Ultra Heavy Division (law enforcement) was won by Team Ruckus of the Pasadena and League City SWAT teams. Then came Wade Dixon and Correy Tibbets of 1/23 Alumni (civilian). The Civilian Heavy Division was taken by Wally Barnes and the Docs (Civilian), Bearkat Football (Student Org), 3/5 Old School (Male), and Alpha Lambda Delta (Sorority). Michelle Rushing took the ladies individual class, AJ Alijaafresh won the male class (civilian), Rico Clay (Military), and the Registrars own Shanna House won the ladies individual military class.

Shortly after the event, VRC Recruiting Coordinator, Jacob Bullion, began planning the following year’s event and within days had multiple participants contact him about doing the event again. 100% of the proceeds from the Ruck March went go to the Wounded Warrior Project, The Huntsville Police Officers Association, and The Huntsville Volunteer Fire Dept. Special thanks to the ladies in the Registrars Office who showed up early and helped make the Ruck March a great event!

Pictures of the Event


November 2010 - SHSU Heroes

The Veterans Resource Center held a display of SHSU Heroes for the week of Veterans Day (November 8, 2010). The display was located in the Art Gallery of the Lowman Student Center.

Pictures of the SHSU Heroes Display November 8-12, 2010

Thank you to all of our veterans for their service.


January 2011 - Wounded Warrior Banquet

The Wounded Warrior Banquet took place Thursday, January 13, 2011 at the Walker County Fairgrounds. Ribeye Steak Dinner was be provided for participants from 5:30 - 6:30 pm followed by a speaker and live auction event.

Admission for the banquet was $50 per person or $300 per table of 6. Proceeds from the event went to the Warrior Family Support Center at Brooke Army Medical Center, San Antonio, TX.

Banquet tickets were sold at the Walker County Hardware HEARTS Veterans Museum and the SHSU Veterans Resource Center.


March 2011 - 2011 Bataan Memorial Death March Dinner

The 2011 Bataan Memorial Death March Dinner took place on March 1, 2011 at the Veterans Conference Center from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm, and featured authentic Cajun Chicken & Sausage Gumbo prepared by Huntsville’s own Odell Rachal. Meals were $7.50 a plate with to go plates available. The dinner event held door prize drawings every 15 minutes and featured a silent auction.

The 2011 Bataan Memorial Death March Dinner was in honor of SGT Virgil LaRue, a Death March survivor from a special group of World War II heroes responsible for the defense of the islands of Luzon, Corregidor and the harbor defense forts of the Philippines.

All proceeds from the dinner went to support SGT LaRue and Team LaRue as they traveled to White Sands Missile Range, NM to compete in the 2011 Bataan Memorial Death March. Tickets to the event were sold at the G&O Barber Shop, the HEARTS Veterans Museum, and the SHSU Veterans Resource Center.

For more information on this event, please call 936-294-1304. For more information on the Bataan Memorial Death March please visit http://www.bataanmarch.com/.


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