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Local veterans and their families are invited to attend a free dinner in honor of Veterans Day on Monday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Cumberland Gap Convention Center.

The event is hosted by the Student Association of Military and Osteopathic Medicine Physicians and Surgeons from Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Veterans Day is observed annually on Nov.11.

The date marks the anniversary of the end of World War I that occurred at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Veterans Day honors America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the citizens of the United States.

SAMOPS is a program for LMU-DCOM students interested in a career in military medicine. While many military members have joined, those not currently contracted in the military or part of the ROTC are welcome as well.

The dinner will feature special guest speaker Ian Huff, DO, a graduate of LMU-DCOM’s inaugural class. Huff began his military career during his first year in medical school at LMU-DCOM when he was commissioned as an ensign in the Navy as part of the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). Since that time, Huff’s military service has taken him around the world and allowed him to serve the health care needs of his fellow men and women in varied and unique ways. Following graduation from LMU-DCOM, Huff attended flight school in Pensacola for six months, and was assigned to Jacksonville, North Carolina where he served as the medical department head and advidor to the commanding officer on all medical care of the Marines in the squadron.