By: Joe Rodriguez
SHIPPENSBURG- A new club on campus is bringing students together to give back to the military troops.
Rachael Rudis started Ship Stands with America’s Military (S.S.W.A.M) early this semester. Her motivation came from a very important person in her life.
“My dad was in the navy for a long time. So I kind of grew up realizing that the military really does something great,” she said. “I think that we should not take that for granted and I think its something important to support them while they’re over there.”
One of S.S.W.A.M’s main objectives is to build a sense of community within the student body, one that gives back to the troops.
“They do so much for us and I would like to have a community through the club that could really connect with the university so that we can connect with people overseas,” Rudis said.
Fostering a sense of community has been a slow process for the new club, but it is slowly making an impact through campus. Students like Sarah Nagy joined S.S.W.A.M because of their military family background. Nagy’s father served two tours in Iraq when she was five years old.
“It doesn’t really matter what your affiliation is with the military or how you’re associated with it or even if there’s no affiliation at all. This is a good thing that we’re doing, we are just brightening some people’s days,” Nagy said.
Every week, members write letters and plan fundraisers for care packages that go overseas.
“I know that it’s a very stressful time for them, they love getting cards from anybody,” Nagy said.
S.S.W.A.M meets every Tuesday in the Ceddia Union Building at 7pm. For more information, contact Rachael Rudis at email@example.com.