Veterans Day Events scheduled at Lourdes 
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Lourdes University offers two Veterans Day events on Thursday, November 11 in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania. 

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“The University is honored to offer two events that celebrate our veterans this year with Chaplain Major Michael Dandurand, Lisa Schuster and Mathew Drake” says Gary Bentley, Veteran Affairs Coordinator and Assistant Professor in the College of Business & Leadership. Mr. Bentley is a retired Executive Officer of the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard. 

The Price of Freedom and the Power of Hope 

Lourdes University Lifelong Learning will host a Veterans Day Special Event from 10am to 11am. This event is free and open to the public.  


On October 15, 2004, Lisa Schuster got the call every military mom dreads: her son had been wounded in action. Matthew Drake had been in Iraq only thirty-four days, on his first deployment with the U.S. Army, when the vehicle he was driving was blown up by a suicide car bomber. Matthew Drake and Lisa Schuster will share their story of hope and determination. Be uplifted by this story of an ordinary young man who wanted to be “one of the good guys” and rose from the ashes to become exactly that. Matthew says, "Recovering from my wounds has been the toughest battle of my life. Anyone who goes to war comes home with scars. Some of those scars you see, others you don't." Although there are incredible struggles in his daily life what he's done is remarkable. On the front lines of his fight from the start has been his mother Lisa Schuster, who wrote a book Just as He Is Right Now about their story. 


Veterans Day Celebration - Chaplain Major Michael Dandurand 

Lourdes University offers a Veterans Day celebration at 4pm in the Franciscan Center with Chaplain Major Michael Dandurand, of the 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard. This event is free and open to the public.  


Chaplain Dandurand serves as the acting Wing Chaplain for the 180th HC team comprised of one other chaplain and three Religious Affairs Airmen. The 180th Fighter Wing, Ohio Air National Guard, located at Toledo Express Airport, in Swanton is comprised of the Operations (F-16 Block 42), Maintenance, Medical and Mission Support Groups.  


Chaplain Dandurand received a commission to the AF in August 2014; attending C.O.T.in February 2015. He has been a Roman Catholic priest for 24 years, serving five different pastoral settings: Parishes with elementary schools, a Parish with a Catholic High School, and as a director of college campus ministry and a chaplain of a Division I football program, serving the diverse spiritual and emotional needs of football players and coaches. He currently serves as a full-time pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Swanton, Ohio. 


For more information, contact Mr. Bentley at gbentley@lourdes.edu.   

Lourdes University 

Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-885-3211.