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TSTC to Host Veterans Day Ceremony

Friday, November 8, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

Texas State Technical College will be treating its veterans to more than just lunch on Veterans’ Day this Monday.

TSTC has planned a Veterans Day Ceremony that includes guest speaker and former Commander of Coalition Forces in Iraq Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez, a native of Rio Grande City.

The ceremony will take place in the student quad and all students and community are invited. Lunch will be provided following the ceremony to nearly 200 students and employees who are veterans. The ceremony starts at 11 a.m.

Veterans Center Director and Veterans Club sponsor Steven Guevara said member of the Veterans Club would help decorate for the event and would serves as ushers the day of the ceremony.

Guevara said the ceremony is something veterans look forward to every year.

“It’s important to show them that they’re appreciated,” said Guevara, a veteran of the United States Army. “All veterans made sacrifices and this is something to show that we’re thinking of them and that we care.”

Earlier this year, TSTC was named a Military Friendly School for the third straight year by Victory Media for the year 2014. The distinction ranked TSTC in the top 15 percent of schools nationwide, according to a press release by Victory Media.

Victory Media is a global medium that covers the military community of troops, veterans and their family members with content targeted to unique needs at critical military life stages.

TSTC opened the doors to the Veterans Center on campus in July. The Veteran’s Center serves as a centralized point of contact to assist prospective and current veterans, veterans’ dependents and active duty military students through college resources to ensure a successful college experience.

Some of the services provided by the center include: application support (FAFSA, Admissions, Hazlewood and GI Bill), WebAdvisor training, college policies and procedures support, work-study and job information and referral, veteran benefits information and assistance, coordination of referrals for veterans and their dependents, printing and faxing support for veterans and their dependents, assistance with scholarship searches and application process, support services referral for counseling and special programs, tutoring support and referral, computer lab access and support, academic advisement and college credit evaluation support.

“This is a place where veterans can meet and hang out with other veterans,” Guevara said. “They can come in here and get information or help applying for financial aid, admissions or their G.I. Bills. They can request information and we’ll be able to refer them to the right departments internally or externally.”

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