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Members of SDSU ROTC carrying flags at the 2013 9/11 Memorial. Members of SDSU ROTC carrying flags at the 2013 9/11 Memorial.

SDSU Honors Veterans

Leading up to Veterans Day, SDSU will host and take part in several events.
By Natalia Elko

San Diego State University is recognized nationally as a military-friendly university, serving more than 3,000 student veterans, active duty, reservists and dependents each year.

In the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center, veterans, reservists and active duty personnel, as well as their dependents, utilize resources that help with applying to the university, accessing military benefits and finding housing and employment.

SDSU is also home to the nation's first on-campus housing facility exclusively for veterans. The Veterans House offers a unique on-campus living experience for students, which includes a large meeting space, study space, a full kitchen and patio. The co-ed complex offers priority residency to SDSU veterans, active duty, reservists and dependents.

Leading up to Veteran’s Day, SDSU will be honoring current and past military service members with several featured events:

Thursday, Oct. 24 – War Memorial Vigil

5 p.m. and throughout the night, at the foot of Aztec Green, near the SDSU trolley station
The SDSU Student Veteran Organization (SVO) will partner with Army, Navy and Air Force ROTC students to honor the 234 fallen Aztecs who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. Luminaries will spell out the letters S-D-S-U on which the names of each of the fallen Aztecs listed on the War Memorial will be written.

Friday, Oct. 25 – War Memorial Ceremony
10 a.m., War Memorial, SDSU
The SDSU Alumni Association’s annual War Memorial ceremony takes place honoring fallen Aztecs and those who served during our nation's military conflicts. This year’s event features keynote speaker, Brigadier General Robert L. Cardenas, USAF (ret.). Guests are encouraged to bring flowers or wreaths to honor lost loved ones. There will be a reception at the Veterans House on the corner of 55th Street and Lindo Paseo Rd.

Tuesday, Nov. 5 – PTSD Guest Speaker

1 p.m., Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center in the Alan and Debbie gold auditorium, SDSU
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier, and speaker who is one of the world's foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime.

Wednesday, Nov. 6 – Veteran Lecture Series

3 p.m., Love Library, Leon Williams Room 430, SDSU
A public presentation by Sgt. Maj. Melvin O. Chestnut (ret.), the Quarter Master at Montford Point Marine Association Inc. (MPMA), San Diego Chapter 12. Chestnut, who is a speaker for the national MPMA, will discuss the pivotal period in our nation’s history which eventually led to the desegregation of our military. Guests will have the opportunity to meet surviving Montford Point veterans.

Monday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day Parade
11 a.m., begins on North Harbor Dr., Downtown San Diego
This year’s annual Veterans Day parade theme is “A Tribute to Vietnam Veterans.” Spectators are invited to cheer on active duty, veterans and their families along the one mile route. SDSU’s Student Veterans Organization (SVO) will be walking in the parade alongside other local student veteran groups. More information online.