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“It makes me proud to be an American, and to serve my country because we live in the greatest country in the world.”
“Not all of us were volunteers as some were drafted or had to go in for whatever reason but it is still a prestigious badge of honor to have completed a tour of duty or career with all the joy and tears experienced during the time we gave.”
“Veterans Day should be an important day for all Americans because military service represents the ultimate in commitment and sacrifice for the nation, its people and those principals we hold sacred.”
“As Abraham Lincoln said: ‘Veterans Day is not only about honoring those who served our country, but honoring those who laid the most costly sacrifice upon the altar of freedom,’ their very lives. Such a sacrifice demands our attention on Veterans Day.”
“Veterans Day is a day to reflect on the people who’ve done some great things for our country in the different wars we’ve had.”
“If not for veterans -- from the people who served on the first Continental Army to us -- we wouldn’t have a country.”
“To all of the veterans, young and not so young, thank you and god be with you.”
“Things are different now than from when we came home. We didn’t talk about it then. Being a veteran was not anything we boasted about.”
“Being a veteran means being able to give back to the country to which I owe my life. This country has given me so much freedom, such as the freedom of speech, freedom to assemble and the freedom to live any lifestyle I want.”
“Veterans Day to me is a reminder of an important chapter in my life. It reminds me of the ‘growing up’ period in uncertain times. And it reminds me of all the good men I served with.”
“People during my time volunteered to serve because it was an honor to serve our country. I feel like I’ve done my part and can do more to make sure our children in school know how important that is.”
“Being a veteran means knowing I’ve sacrificed for my country and my family so they can live a safe and prosperous life.”
“I feel proud to be a veteran. I joined because I needed a change in my life and I wish I could’ve stay in the service.”
“As a Marine, I was able to see the world and saw that what we have here is much better than what other people have in other parts of the world. That humbled me. I’m glad for what I have and am proud to have served my country.”
“We are lucky that we live in the greatest country in the world where you can do almost anything.”
“What does almost getting my head shot off mean to me? I am first of all appreciative that I returned home alive.”
“On Veterans Day, we have to remember that we wouldn’t have the freedom or the country we live in if it wasn’t for the service men and women who have fought in all our wars.”
“Honor with pride the brotherhood of courage past, present and future, and to remember those who were willing to lay down their lives for liberty and for the freedom of America.”
“I love my job and wouldn't be here without the training and guidance that I received while serving in the Air Force.”
“Being a veteran means that we served our country and protected our freedom. Veterans Day is an important holiday, because veterans have protected the country and kept it safe for everyone.”
“Those who serve are ordinary, yet extraordinary human beings. They are people who offer some of their life's most vital years for the service of their country. They are people who sacrifice their ambitions so others won’t have to sacrifice theirs.”
“Being a veteran instills an inner pride in me knowing that I served my country as a citizen and as a patriot of our great nation.”
“It’s important to remember the sacrifice of many on Veterans Day. May God be with all the ones that are out there now and I hope they come home safely.”
“The military provided me with leadership training and experience along with academy attendance that was not available to me as a school district employee.”
“Veterans Day is a day to reflect on my time served on behalf of all Americans and all those that call America home. It is a day to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their beloved country. Semper Fi!”
“Veterans Day is a show of support for the veterans to honor them and their service. When we got back from Vietnam, we had people spitting and yelling at us, but now people are finally looking up to us as veterans.”
“Being a veteran means having pride in my country. It means being proud to be an American and being proud to have served the people and the country where I was stationed.”
“On Veterans Day, I think of the others who have served our Country and not of my own service.”
“Being a veteran means that I enlisted as a naive 19-year-old boy but was discharged as someone who had learned the meaning of responsibility and commitment.”
“Being a veteran is one of the proudest things that a citizen can do for his or her country. We sacrificed time and effort and stood up for our country.”

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Celebrate Veterans Awareness Week

November 9-15, 2014

Veterans Day Observed Nov. 11, 2014


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. 19 -15) 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 veterans@csea.com

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.

Veterans Awareness Week Resolution
Submit this resolution to your school board to formally recognize Veterans Awareness Week. The resolution is already written. Just fill in your school district’s name.

Veterans Week Resolution (Fillable PDF)

Facebook Images
Download Veterans Day art for your Facebook page...More

Veterans + Labor
Laura Moore served from 1991 to 1995 as Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. She continues her service today as a leader in our local schools representing classified employees as interim president of CSEA Chapter 41...More

Veterans Day Resources
There are many ways to celebrate and share the importance of Veterans Day with your friends, colleagues and students at your school site. Below are links to websites with information and ideas about how to recognize veterans for their service to our country.

V.A. Kids (K-5th Grade)

V.A. Kids (6th – 12th Grade)

Veterans Day Webquest

Veterans Day Scavenger Hunt

Veterans Day Cyberhunt

Letters To Soldiers.Org

A Million Thanks.Org

Take a Veteran to School Day (PDF 584KB)

Thank a Veteran at Work (PDF 584KB)

Veterans History Project

Veterans Day Parade Directory

Our Veterans: Sharing their Stories (PDF 3.15MB)

History of Veterans Day