UCLA community to honor veterans with week-long series of events

Leading up to Veterans Day, Nov. 11, UCLA will host a variety of events to honor veterans and raise awareness for the challenges and opportunities that come with their transition to civilian and campus life. The programs are a part of the UCLA Veterans Initiative, which was launched in January.
Monday, Nov. 4
10–11:30 a.m. 
Veterans Ally Workshop 
Student Activities Center, Conference Room 1 (map)
This presentation will cover military culture and explore best practices in working with student veterans and promoting the assets student veterans bring to higher education. UCLA faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.
Noon–1 p.m.
Student Veterans First Mondays
Student Activities Center, Room 304
Part of a monthly series for veterans, this session will include a discussion on mid-quarter blues and navigating UCLA; the session will be led by Carina Salazar, a UCLA Academic Advancement Program counselor.
Tuesday, Nov. 5
6–8:30 p.m.
Ask a Veteran 
Covel Commons, Grand Horizon Ballroom, Salon A (map)
Screening of "High Ground," an award-winning documentary about 11 wounded warriors on a climbing expedition, followed by Q-and-A with student veterans on transitions to campus life. Online registration recommended
Thursday, Nov. 7
11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Operation Gratitude Letter Writing 
UCLA Wilshire Center, 10920 Wilshire Boulevard, 9th Floor
All are welcome to write letters to servicemen and servicewomen. 
Noon–1 p.m.
Veterans Resource Office Open House and Social Hour
Student Activities Center, Room B44
The campus community is welcome to enjoy lunch, meet veterans resource office coordinators, and learn more about the services provided by the Veterans Resource Office.
2–3 p.m.
Operation Gratitude Letter Writing 
James West Alumni Center (map)
All are welcome to write letters to servicemen and servicewomen.
Friday, Nov. 8
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Veterans Day Ceremony and Information Fair 
Wilson Plaza (map)
The public is welcome to join the UCLA community in honoring our veterans. The ceremony will include a joint color guard presentation by ROTC cadets and trumpet performances of "The Star Spangled Banner" and "Taps." Speakers will include Air Force Capt. Eric Moore; Alessandro Duranti, dean of the Division of Social Sciences in the College of Letters and Science; James Klain, a World War II Navy veteran, UCLA alumnus and retired UCLA staff; and 1st Lt. Yun Hee Kim, a graduate of the UCLA Army ROTC program, UCLA Law School student and acting commander and executive officer for the 40th Brigade Support Battalion, Distribution Company in the California Army National Guard. Kim served in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007. 
Saturday, Nov. 9
9 a.m.–Noon
Operation Gratitude Care Package Assembly 
California Army National Guard Armory, 17330 Victory Blvd., Van Nuys 
The UCLA Alumni Association's San Fernando Valley chapter will host Bruin friends and family, ages 12 and up, in assembling care packages for servicemen and servicewomen. Online registration is required
For more information on the UCLA programs, services, and research that support veterans, please visit the UCLA Veterans website.

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