Student veterans share their experience with peers

By Jillian Marshall

November 11, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 7:59 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) In honor of Veterans Day, student veterans spoke about their experiences in the military to their peers, administrators, and fellow veterans.

Binghamton University held a Veterans Day Panel Discussion Monday afternoon.

Five student veterans from the U.S. Army, Navy and Marine Corp. answered questions from the audience and shared their experiences of active-duty.

"The general student body is really unaware of what student veterans endured," said Marty Wygmans, Director of TRIO Programs and Veteran Services . "Having the opportunity to talk to their classmates, to talk to faculty, and other administrators on campus, I think is hugely important."

BU has 70 student veterans on campus and is recognized as a veteran-friendly campus.

"Veterans Day is really a celebration of life, if you think about it," Wygmans said. "It's about celebrating those veterans that came back in one piece or came back in order to reengage the community."

There was also a luncheon for veterans, active-duty military members, administrators and students.