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“The best thing you can do on Veterans Day is thank a veteran for their service. It really means a lot to us.”
“Veterans Day is a sad day for me but at the same time I am very proud of my father and all the others for the service they gave to our country.”
“Veterans Day serves to remind each American to see how despite all the problems America faces today, because of all the men and women who fought the wars then and now, we know that there will always be something to fight for—AMERICANS.”
“Veterans Day shows respect for those who were willing to give their lives to the country and to serve their country. It shows that we appreciate the veterans.”
“Veterans Day is important to me because it is a time to recognize and honor those that have served their country in the armed forces. It takes courage, commitment and sacrifice to serve your country.”
“Simply knowing of a veteran’s dedication leads me to consider how meaningful the values of our country truly are.”
“Veterans Day is supposed to be a day to reflect on the young men and women who went into the service either by choice or by draft. It’s a day to honor veterans.”
“Veterans Day is when the nation says ‘thank you’ to all veterans. It’s a unique way of showing the American people how we should honor those who served.”
“I am very grateful for those who served before me and those who are currently serving. I thank them every chance I get.”
“I am honored to have served my country. I live the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage every day.”
“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.”
“It makes me proud to be an American, and to serve my country because we live in the greatest country in the world.”
“Being a veteran means that I have pride because I served my country. I’m the second generation in my family to serve in the Air Force. My father was in the Air Force.”
“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.”
“If not for veterans -- from the people who served on the first Continental Army to us -- we wouldn’t have a country.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Being a veteran means taking pride in seeing kids do the Pledge of Allegiance and in seeing the American flag waving in the wind.”
“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.”
“To all of the veterans, young and not so young, thank you and god be with you.”
“I would do it all over again if I had to. I grew up a lot by serving and it made me a better person.”
“The military provided me with leadership training and experience along with academy attendance that was not available to me as a school district employee.”
“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.”
“I love my job and wouldn't be here without the training and guidance that I received while serving in the Air Force.”
“On Veterans Day, I think of the others who have served our Country and not of my own service.”
“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.”
“ I’m honored to be included in the ranks of all the very brave men and women who had gone before me, those that came after me and those who will continue to make that commitment.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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 day to reflect on the people who’ve done some great things for our country in the different wars we’ve had.”
“What does almost getting my head shot off mean to me? I am first of all appreciative that I returned home alive.”
“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.”
“Every time I run into a veteran I thank them for their service especially a Vietnam vet. I always thank the veterans serving now for their service because I understand what they are going through.”
“We are lucky that we live in the greatest country in the world where you can do almost anything.”
“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.”
“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.”
"Being a US Veteran takes courage, dedication, and sacrifice. I am honored and grateful to have served my country. I'm grateful to those that have served our nation in the past, present and future. The camaraderie experienced is something that will live in my heart forever."
"It is important to remember that all military members and veterans contribute to the freedom of our country and way of life."
"Being a veteran is about serving your country and doing your patriotic duty."
"Veterans Day should be important for all Americans because this is a day to recognize those who have protected our freedom and democracy."
"We celebrate Veterans Day to honor the people who were willing to separate from their country to go die for the beliefs of America."
"Veterans Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on what our grandfathers, fathers and uncles accomplished in the interest of freedom, and gives us an opportunity to appreciate what our sons are doing now for world peace and freedom."
"Veterans Day should be an important day for all Americans because military service represents the ultimate in commitment and sacrifice for the nation."
"The freedoms we Americans enjoy everyday are due to the ones who have served."
"I feel like I've done my part and can do more to make sure our children in school know how important that is."
"To me, being a veteran means being proud to have served my country, being in a nation that is free. I'm very proud of it."

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Veterans Day

Honor American Heroes Nov. 11, 2016

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. 6 -12) 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.

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.

Serving our country, serving our students
Nov Focus
Read the stories of five CSEA members who served our country as members of the military and now use their skills to help ensure the well being of California’s students.

American Heroes: CSEA salutes our veterans
September/October 2014

CSEA member Russell Smith served in World War II and was a POW in North Korea.


CSEA member helps veterans reach educational goals
Donni Jean Prince
CSEA member Donni Jean Prince helps provide community college student veterans with the tools, knowledge and support they need to graduate and improve their financial and social well-being. This year, she was named one of California’s Community College Classified Employees of the Year...More

Veterans Awareness Week Resolution
Submit a resolution to your school board to formally recognize Veterans Awareness Week. We have a resolution that is already written. Just fill in the blanks and submit it...More

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

2015 Orange County Veterans Day Community Celebration
“Veterans and Labor – Partners in Service” is a new project sponsored by California unions that spearheads helping veterans on three fronts: providing volunteer service, opening doors to good jobs and a special Veterans Day event on Nov. 11, 2015 at the Orange County Fair & Event Center...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.

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

Veterans + Labor

Union Plus offers grant to help offset costs of down payment for union members who served
The American dream of homeownership is far too often out of reach, especially for those who make significant sacrifices to protect our country. Union Plus wants to make the dream of homeownership a reality for hard working union members who have served in our armed forces...More