SWTJC veterans honored with luncheon on Nov. 8

Email this article 11/09/2012

veteran'sluncheonVeterans working at SWTJC, as well as veterans enrolled in classes, were honored Nov. 8 on the Uvalde campus with a luncheon in remembrance of Veteran's Day. PHOTO GALLERY

Prior to the luncheon, an NJROTC Color Guard from Uvalde High School posted the colors and SWTJC student Edie Salas sang The National Anthem. SWTJC staff member Rosie Arellano played Taps and Catholic Club representative Thelma Martinez delivered the invocation.

SWTJC President Dr. Ismael Sosa, Jr., was the guest speaker. President Sosa told the stories of several friends and family members who made great sacrifices to their country by serving in the armed services during the Vietnam War and World War II.

"Most of us have no idea the sacrifices these men and women have made for all Americans," Sosa said. "On behalf of the college administration, faculty, staff and students, I thank each and every one of you for your service."

Lalo Zamora, Uvalde County Veteran's Service officer for Middle Rio Grande Workforce Solutions, made a short presentation outlining the services available and encouraging veterans to regularly check on updates to various veteran's benefits.

Diana Garcia, coordinator of the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) Program at SWTJC, also highlighted services available to veterans through her office.

SWTJC coordinator of Veteran's Affairs Steve Martinez was the master of ceremonies for the ceremony and luncheon.

Sponsors for the luncheon included the Veterans Affairs Office, the Catholic Club, Educational Opportunity Center, Student Recruitment Office, the Dean of Student Services and the Student Activities Office.

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