Fresno State celebrates Veterans on campus

The Veterans Services Office at Fresno State hosted Red Friday on Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 in the University Student Union. (Courtesy Veterans Services Office)

Fresno State’s Veterans Services Office is hosting a week of events to commemorate Veterans Day and recognizing student veterans through this year’s campaign, Heroes Among Us. 

The events kicked off on Nov. 1 and will run through Nov. 15 on campus.

The campaign features photos of veterans, military, active duty and reservists on campus who have either served or are currently serving, according to Christy Gorden, veterans coordinator and certifying official at the Veterans Services Office. 

“It’s a time to celebrate and recognize them [veterans],” Gorden said. 

Along with each portrait, the student’s name, major and branch they served in is included. 

The images will be posted around campus and through Fresno State’s social media. The Henry Madden Library will display the photos on its monitors and yard signs will be placed on campus near the students’ major department.

The campaign will go on the whole month of November. 

“It feels really cool, like, ‘Hey man, I appreciate what you did,’” said Jeremiah Robles, a veteran student aid for the Veterans Service Office.

Robles is a computer science major and first-year student at Fresno State. He has been in the Army for almost two years and is currently a part-time plumber at the Vallejo Reserve Center.

Gorden said Fresno State has approximately 300 veterans, active duty and reservists on campus.

The Veterans Services Office relocated offices in September and is now in the University Center next to The Bucket Grill & Pub will be hosting an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Nov. 15. 

The campus is invited to attend the celebration. 

After the event, the Veterans Services Office will officially change its name to the Veterans Resource Center.

Nov. 6

Veterans Day Celebration from 10 to 11 a.m. at the Veteran Monument. The event is open to everyone. 

Nov. 7

Veterans Education Program Showcase from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Vintage Room. The event is available by invitation only.

Nov. 8 

Vet Net Ally Workshop from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the HML Room 2134. The event is for faculty and staff only. 

Nov. 9

Veterans Football Tailgate at 1 p.m. in Lot 58. Veterans Football Game at 4 p.m. in the Bulldog Stadium. Both events are open to everyone. 

Nov. 11

Veterans Day Parade at 11:11 a.m. in downtown Fresno. 

Nov. 15

Veterans Resource Center Open House from 3 to 5 p.m. in the University Center Room 101. 

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