The ceremony commenced with speeches given by a variety of war veterans who were willing to share their military experiences. The speakers included the college’s president, a Pearl Harbor survivor, an ex-prisoner of war, a member of the Blinded Veterans Association, a recipient of the Purple Heart, a representative from the Canine Support Team for Veterans, a retired Navy Battalion Surgeon, and newly elected Menifee Mayor Scott Mann.
Each of the guest speakers were from surrounding cities in the Inland Empire, and attended the event to show their support for the new Veteran’s Center at MSJC. The new building will provide a multitude of services for the more than 800 veteran students and dependents in the district. These students will have access to a veteran’s counselor, tutoring, and information on the benefits available to them. The newly furnished center is equipped with couches, computers, and even a foosball table to help create a sense of community among members.
For more information about the new Veteran’s Center or MSJC’s Veteran program, please visit the organization’s website.