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Campus Veterans Day Events Set

Published: November 1, 2013

CSULB will host a ceremony in honor of Veterans Day on Thursday, Nov. 7, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Speakers Platform near the University Bookstore.

All veterans, their families and friends are invited to join the campus community as it recognizes the nation’s military veterans, especially the more than 460 student-veterans currently attending CSULB. The event is being presented by CSULB’s Office of Veterans Services. Veterans Day is officially Monday, Nov. 11.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to invite friends and neighbors who are veterans or bring a picture of a veteran who cannot attend the event.

The campus will recognize Veterans Day with two full days of activities. On Tuesday, Nov. 5, from 9 a.m. to noon, there will be a VET NET Ally seminar for students, an interactive three-hour session to help individuals get a better understanding of issues facing student-veterans. It was developed by Marshall Thomas, director of Veterans Services on campus, and is being used as a model by other campuses in the region and beyond.

At 6 p.m. the film “Reserved to Fight” will be screened in University Theater-108. The documentary follows four Marine reservists of Fox Company 2/23 for four years, documenting their deployment, return home from combat and their reintegration back into civilian life.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Veterans Services Office in the Foundation Building Room 220 will hold an open house to show off its recently opened space sporting a new, more user-friendly office area for student-veterans. Attendees can learn about the recent addition of the VetSuccess on Campus Program, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that provides a veteran counselor for both CSULB and Long Beach City College student-veterans.

Following main ceremony from 3 to 4 p.m. near the University Bookstore, there will be a recognition of the 238th Marine Corps birthday, which is officially on Sunday, Nov. 10.

At 5 p.m., the film “Restrepo” will screen in the University Student Union’s Beach Auditorium. The film follows the 2nd Platoon of Bravo Company on a 15-month deployment in the Korangal Valley of northeast Afghanistan in the Nuristan area. The Korengal flows north to the Pech, which then flows east to the Kunar River valley on the border with Pakistan. The film chronicles the lives of the men from their deployment to the time of their return home.

“This will be the fourth year we’ve had a Veterans Day event and it seems like each year it gets a little bit bigger and more people arrive to celebrate our veterans,” said Thomas. “Each campus has always done something to recognize its veterans and be thankful for veterans. I think this year there has been a bigger push around the system to have our elected officials come and visit us on our campus so they can connect with us and the veterans who study on our campuses.”

Those planning to attend should use the Beach Drive entrance to the campus from Bellflower Boulevard and stop at the Visitor Information Center (located on the right after the first stop sign) for directions to the Speakers Platform and information about parking.

For more information, contact Thomas in the Veterans Services Office at 562/985-4279.

–Shayne Schroeder