Veterans Services Task Force hosts Independence Day Ice Cream Social on campus


    The Veterans Services Task Force partnered with Religious and Spiritual Life to host the Independence Day Ice Cream Social on Tuesday afternoon.

    Members of the task force set up tables filled with ice cream, cupcakes and festive toppings outside of Scharbauer Hall.

    After enjoying the free sweets, student veteran Cristina Mungilla said attendees were encouraged to “share their sweetness” by creating thank-you cards for inpatient veterans at the Dallas VA Medical Center.

    “When the veterans receive their cards, their faces just light up,” said former Marine and assistant director of Inclusiveness and Intercultural Services April Brown. “The show of appreciation means the world to them.”

    Tuesday was the first time the Veterans Services Task Force had held the event.

    Mungilla wrote in an email the ice cream social was a “smashing success.” She said the purpose for this event was to give students and faculty the opportunity to “give their thanks to the veterans not only on our campus but also in our community.”

    Mungilla added approximately 160 people attended the event, including TCU Provost Nowell Donovan, who stopped to make a card for an inpatient veteran.

    “Being identified as a service member is easy when you’re wearing the uniform,” Mungilla said. “Veterans become camouflaged with the general population. These cards help remind them that we have not forgotten their service and sacrifice.”

    The task force was established in Spring 2009 to “serve as both outreach to students and to gather information regarding the student veteran population,” according to its website.

    “The VSTF strives to honor the service of all veterans, including the almost 500 students, faculty, and staff on campus, by providing the TCU community an opportunity to engage with our campus veterans, as well as show their support to veterans in the community,” Mungilla said.