Veterans Alliance: Student Support Organization Screens Documentary on Nov. 10
In honor of Veterans Day, the Veterans Alliance, a student support group for veteran students at California State University, Dominguez Hills, will screen the documentary “Striking a Chord” on Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Loker Student Union. Erika Valdez, military advisor, says that the film is powerful despite its brevity.
“It’s only 40 minutes long but very educational, especially for those of us who did not serve in the military,” she says. “It’s a real eye-opener about the struggles that our soldiers face while serving our country and how music helps them deal with those issues, especially being away from family for prolonged periods of time and missing out on anniversaries, birthdays, special occasions, or the birth of a child.”
Valdez says that Veterans Alliance, which was established as a student organization last year, has an important mission to fulfill on campus in serving the significant number of students who are veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, as well as active duty students who are completing distance learning programs through CSU Dominguez Hills while serving their country abroad and domestically. The organization is planning a campaign to send care packages to troops overseas.
“We need to better serve these students by raising awareness that they have special needs and should be appreciated and understood by our campus community as a whole,” says Valdez.
For more information about Veterans Alliance, click here.
- Joanie Harmon
Photo above: New officers in Veterans Alliance look forward to spreading more awareness about
active and returning soldiers who are fellow college students at CSU Dominguez Hills. L-R: Socheath “Yoshie” Lu; Carlos Sanchez, membership chair; Jerome “Jay” Laguilles, vice president;
Salvatore DiGaetano, president; Rebecca McGuire, secretary; and Daniel Hastert, treasurer.
Photo by Erika Valdez