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Honor American Heroes Nov. 11, 2015
Veterans Day is a time when Americans honor those who have served in the U.S. Military—a time to express gratitude to those who have made great sacrifices to preserve our freedom.
During Veterans Awareness Week (Nov. 8 -14) and on Veterans Day (Nov. 11), we honor those individuals and reflect on their sacrifice. All of the men and women throughout history who fought in battles, served in the National Guard and the reserves or were stationed in a base, stateside or overseas, did their part to protect the safety and rights of Americans.
Many military veterans have gone on to serve California’s public schools as classified school employees. There are a variety of reasons why CSEA members who are veterans served in the military. Some were drafted, some followed long family traditions and others felt a duty to defend their country.
“The brave men and women who have served in the armed forces exemplify a commitment to service that classified employees admire and try to follow,” says Association President Michael Bilbrey. “Many of us have colleagues who have served or are still serving in the military. Let’s take a moment to thank them for their service and to appreciate their contributions.”
As recognition of the sacrifices of our military veterans, this Veterans Day section includes comments from CSEA members and retirees about what being a veteran means to them and why Veterans Day should be a time to reflect on those who gave of themselves to protect the United States and its principles of freedom and democracy.
Are you a veteran?
Be a part of this slideshow. CSEA invites all members who are veterans or currently serving in the military reserves to contact us by sending your name, chapter number and member number to firstname.lastname@example.org
California Community Colleges Commitment to Veterans
"2012 Veterans Summit" video by California Community Colleges
More than 50 percent of the California veterans who use their G.I. Bill benefits to enroll in college do so at one of the state's 112 community colleges. This short film showcases the best practices in serving the needs of these returning veterans, who also share their thoughts and experiences on transitioning back to civilian life.