CNM Saluting Veterans with a Week of Activities

Nov. 10, 2014 -- CNM is saluting veterans with a week-long schedule of ceremonies that kicked off on Monday. This is the second year that CNM is recognizing veterans with several events through the week.
July 16, 2015

“This year the theme of the week is ‘Recognizing the Sacrifices of Our Women Veterans,’” said J.R. Romero, CNM’s VetSuccess counselor, who serves as a “one-stop liaison” for all veterans, active duty personnel and their dependents who attend CNM. “We want women veterans and all veterans to know how much we appreciate their service to our country.”

There are about 1,140 students who use veterans’ benefits to attend CNM with about 25 percent of them recently discharged or retired from service.

Veterans Week celebrations began Monday, Nov. 10 with Veterans Appreciation Day. Veterans and their dependents are invited to come for cookies, coffee and punch near the CNM Main, Montoya and Westside campus cafeterias from 10 a.m.-noon.

On Tuesday, Nov. 11, the official Veterans Day holiday, the Kirtland Air Force Base Honor Guard will present the flag in a flag ceremony between the Student Resource Center and JS Building at 10 a.m. Speakers will include Rudy Garcia, dean of students; Chris Norton, director of the Regional Veterans Affairs Office; and Christian Bardon, female wounded warrior. Also on hand will be World War II and Vietnam War women veterans as special guests.

Tuesday will also be Veterans Resources Day. Representatives from the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services, VA Medical Center, VA Vocational Rehabilitation, New Mexico Workforce Solutions/Connections and various CNM support services will be on hand at the Student Services Center outside the cafeteria to meet with veterans and let them know what services are available to them.

A flag ceremony will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Montoya Campus, followed by an addresses by Garcia and Barden. The World War II and Vietnam War female veterans will also be on hand as special guests. The same people will attend a flag ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. at the Westside Campus and at 1 p.m. at the South Valley Campus.

“We are encouraging all veterans and everyone at CNM to participate in these activities,” Romero said.