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RIT on TV News: Veterans Day

YNN reports on Rochester Institute of Technology's observance of Veterans Day. On Veterans Day, everyone is encouraged to take time to out to honor military servicemen and women. Communities are celebrating in various ways this Wednesday. Rochester Institute of Technology honored its student veterans. About 100 students, staff and veterans gathered Wednesday to reflect on the sacrifices of soldiers and their families. RIT currently has 170 student veterans. This was the first Veterans Day celebration at the college. Rochester Institute of Technology held its first ever Veterans Day observance on campus Wednesday. RIT has more than 170-student veterans. RIT faculty, students and veterans gathered at Dyer Arts Center at RIT to reflect on the sacrifices of soldiers and their families. RIT is a "Yellow Ribbon" college that offers reduced tuition for veterans. Student Beau Reed joined the Marines right out of high school. He served two tours in Iraq and also went to Afghanistan. "I am very grateful that I can be standing here today," Reed said. "I have known a lot of men and women who can't be here today, so I am grateful for what everyone has done." RIT has a 40-year history of teaching deaf and hard-of-hearing students at RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf. This year, NTID began a "Veterans With Hearing Loss Initiative." The Veterans Adminstration says more than 70,000 men and women who served in Iraq or Afghanistan are suffering from hearing loss. Approximately 25 percent of all RIT classes have some sort of accommodation, like interpreters or classroom captionists, for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Date Added: November 11th, 2009

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