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Rep. Cory Gardner and Sen. Michael Bennet meet with veterans at CSU

November 21, 2011

Rep. Cory Gardner and Sen. Michael Bennet both visited CSU during and following the university's Veterans Week. Rep. Gardner participated in the Remembrance Day National Roll Call at the university on Veterans Day. Sen. Bennet visited with a roundtable of student veterans following the university's Veterans Week events.

The Student Veterans Organization at CSU coordinated events for Veterans Week that were held across campus and during the Colorado State vs. San Diego State home football game to express appreciation, gratitude and understanding of those who have served in the U.S. military.

Rep. Cory Gardner reading names of the National Roll Call at the university on Veterans Day.Remembrance Day National Roll Call

Following the 10th anniversary of the September 11 tragedy, CSU has joined a nationwide grassroots effort to honor American service men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade.

On Veterans Day, campus and community volunteers at more than 180 colleges and universities from all 50 states plus the District of Columbia read the names of the 6,200-plus casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, now called Operation New Dawn.

Remembrance Day National Roll Call is sponsored nationally by the Veterans Knowledge Community of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. At the local level, this event was sponsored by the CSU Student Veterans Organization, with the support of other CSU and community partners as part of a week of activities to express appreciation, gratitude and understanding about and for veterans in northern Colorado.

The reading of names started at 9 a.m. on the Lory Student Center Plaza and took nearly eight hours to complete as readers announce the names in chronological order.

Rep. Cory Gardner participated in the reading of the names during the National Roll Call at CSU and talked with veterans during his visit to CSU.

Roundtable with student veterans

Sen. Michael Bennet talks with CSU student veterans.Following Veterans Week events, Sen. Michael Bennet met with four student veterans and discussed how students felt about this version of the GI Bill, including impediments students saw or experienced. The students believe this bill is more comprehensive than previous bills, particularly for those in the National Guard, and felt it helped reduce the financial stress of transitioning from the military to college. 

The majority of the conversation centered on what student veterans needed on campus and how the university’s Adult Learner and Veteran Services office successfully supports veterans. Students also made recommendations about what CSU can do to help veterans.

Adult Learner and Veteran Services

Among the ideas students gave to Sen. Bennet was for all universities to have an organization like CSU's Adult Learner and Veteran Services office. ALVS provides a variety of services focused on education, leadership and involvement. Through these services, student veterans are informed about ways to smooth the transition to academics and are connected to critical resources. They are also encouraged to continue to develop their leadership qualities through a number of programs such as serving as a peer mentor for other vets as well as being a voice for student vets on university committees. The office additionally offers opportunities for veterans to get involved outside the classroom through the Student Veterans Organization. Finally, ALVS facilitates an environment conducive to learning by connecting students to formal and informal study groups and tutoring sessions, and helps with questions and concerns pertaining to G.I. Bill benefits.