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Colleges plan host of Veterans' Week activities

Posted on: Nov 4, 2013 1:00:00 AM

Contact: Della Elliott (619) 644-7690

In commemoration of Veterans Day, Nov 11, both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges plan a number of activities between Monday, Nov. 4, and Thursday, Nov. 8. The Veterans Week programs are presented by the Student Veteran Organization at each campus, with support from student government and the student affairs offices. All events are open to the public.

With more than 2,000 veterans a year enrolled at East County’s only public institutions of higher education -- a number that is expected to climb with the draw-down of forces in the Middle East -- both current and past members of the armed forces are a significant and valued presence within the college communities.




Monday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-noon:

  •  Main Quad: Veterans Week opening ceremony with keynote speaker Saginaw Grant, a Native American actor, traditional dancer, and motivational speaker.  Grant played Chief Big Bear in the 2013 film, “The Lone Ranger,” and has also appeared in the television series, “Breaking Bad.”
  • VA's  vet center mobile unit, a customized vehicle that is equipped with confidential counseling space and a state-of- the-art communication package to provide VA benefits assistance, referrals for medical issues, employment assessment and more.


 Tuesday, Nov.  5

  • Veterans’ Appreciation BBQ and Veterans Resource Fair, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Main Quad. Vets, donate a picture of yourself in uniform and get a free burger or two hot dogs, chips and a drink. Jamba Juice will be selling drinks, with 20 percent of the proceeds go to the SVO.
  • 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Main Quad: Bloodmobile and Navy military display

Wednesday, Nov. 6

  • “The Wind Talkers” film showing 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Griffin Gate in Student Center. Wind Talkers was the code name given to the Navajo Indian code talkers employed by U.S. military intelligence during World War II. Following the film, Ivan Sam, grandson of one of the original code talkers, will speak.
  • American Indian Warrior Association presentation, 6-9 p.m. Building 26, Room 220
  • Self-defense seminar, 11 a.m.-noon on the football field. Impact Krav Maga will be hosting a free, one-hour self- defense seminar. Participants will learn awareness and basic principles to ward off an attack in various settings and scenarios. Space is limited and participants must sign up online at


Thursday, Nov.  7

  • Veteran Art Expose and screening of film, “Bring it Home,” 2-5 p.m., Student Center first floor
  • VA's  vet center mobile unit in the Main Quad

All week:

  • POW (Prisoner of War) Table at the Student Center.  A POW/MIA tribute table will be set up to honor service members who are missing in action or prisoners  of war.

Off campus:

  • 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. Nov.  7: Panda Express SVO fundraiser at 5500 Grossmont Center Drive in La Mesa
  • 2 p.m.-closing Nov. 8: Rubio’s SVO fundraiser at Grossmont Center mall.



Monday, Nov. 4 at noon


  • Community service project kickoff in the Veterans Resource Center. To help homeless veterans keep warm this winter, clothing, such as sweatshirts, jackets, pants, and shoes will be collected Nov. 1-Nov. 21 in donation boxes at the following locations: Veterans Resource Center I-121 and the Veteran Services Office A-300. All items will be donated to the Veterans Village of San Diego in support of their winter shelter programs.


Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


  • Complimentary luncheon and guest speaker in honor of college’s student veterans, Student Center I-207/208


Wednesday, Nov. 6


  • 9 a.m. to 3 the Grand Lawn: Mobile Vet Center, a customized vehicle that is equipped with confidential counseling space and a state-of- the-art communication package to provide VA benefits assistance, referrals for medical issues, employment assessment and more.
  • 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Grand Lawn, help support the Student Veterans Organization by purchasing food to help raise money for club activities.


Thursday, Nov. 7, from noon-1 p.m.


  • REBOOT workshop in the Student Center, I-104. REBOOT is a program that is designed to address veteran transition issues at their root cause and assist veterans and recently separated servicemen and women transition from the military to civilian world by providing them with a three-phase intensive Cognitive-Behavioral Educational (CBE) reintegration program.


Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive in El Cajon. For more information about Grossmont events, contact the Student Veterans Organization at or the Student Affairs Office at (619) 644-7600.

Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in the community of Rancho San Diego. For more information about Cuyamaca events, For more information about Cuyamaca College events, contact Osvaldo Torres at or call (619) 660-4427 or (619) 660-4295.

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