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CSU-Pueblo to host veterans week activities November 8-12

Release Date: October 23, 2016

Cora Zaletel

Executive Director, External Affairs

Colorado State University-Pueblo


Press Release

PUEBLO – Veteran’s Week activities November 8-12 at Colorado State University-Pueblo will include aircraft flyovers, a presentation by a female veteran, the third annual Home of Heroes Veterans Day Concert featuring the CSU-Pueblo music faculty and staff, an event to bring awareness to and assist homeless veterans, and a Hero Workout honoring fallen serviceman Matthew James Whalen.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Veterans Education Benefit Office Open House

Tuesday, November 8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., the activities begin with an open house in the Veterans Education Benefit (VEB) Office, Administration 103A. Enjoy refreshments and meet your fellow veterans, military, and dependents.

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Speaker: Colonel Mary Miller, US Army, Retired, Chief of Operations Division at the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Future Warfare Center in Colorado Springs

Colonel Mary Miller, US Army, Retired, will discuss the experiences of women veterans as part of the Women’s Studies “Cool Women, Hot Topics” series beginning at 3:30 p.m. in LARC. The event is co-hosted by the CSU-Pueblo Women’s Studies, CSU-Pueblo Anthropology Department, and the Veterans Educational Benefits Office. Col. Miller was commissioned in Military Intelligence from the University of Toledo in 1981 and earned master’s degrees in management from Webster University and in strategic studies from the United States Army War College. She has served in a variety of assignments in both the active Army and Army Reserve. In 2005, she established and commanded the 209th Army Liaison Team, 96th Regional Readiness Command, and deployed with this unit in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2007-2008. She retired from the United States Army Reserve in July of 2011, culminating 30 years of service to our nation. A department of the Army Civilian, she serves as.  She is also the Colorado Springs Area Chair for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. She is married to MAJ John Miller, US Army, Retired, and has three sons, two of whom are US Army veterans and one who is currently serving in the US Air Force.

Thursday, Nov. 10

Veterans Resource Fair

The Library and Academic Resources Center (LARC) will host a Veterans Resource Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the LARC lobby on Thursday, November 10. Representatives from several resource organizations for veterans will be available, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Pueblo Workforce Center, Mt. Carmel Center of Excellence, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), Pueblo Vet Center, Pueblo VA Community Center, CSU-Pueblo Veterans Education Benefit Office, CSU-Pueblo Disability Resource Center, CSU-Pueblo Veterans Upward Bound Program, and the CSU-Pueblo ROTC Program.

Friday, Nov. 11

Homeless Veterans Awareness

The Student Veterans of America will raise awareness about homeless veterans in the Pueblo community and the suicide epidemic among veterans that is occurring nationwide. SVA will  raise awareness for veterans suicide prevention by asking a simple question; 22? On Nov. 11-12, the SVA will be "homeless" near the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl, and will accept non-perishable food items to be donated to Pueblo Community Soup Kitchen as well as monetary donations that will go to the Rocky Mountain Human Service office that assists homeless veterans in Pueblo. Call SVA President Greg York with questions at 719.320.8235.

Pueblo Veterans Day Ceremony

CSU-Pueblo President Lesley Di Mare and the CSU-Pueblo Chamber Choir will be among the participants in the community Pueblo Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 11, at the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo (HARP).

Campus Veterans Memorial Ceremony

CSU-Pueblo VEB Office will host the campus Veterans Memorial Ceremony at 2 p.m. on November 11 at the Southeast Asia Memorial, featuring guest speaker Colonel Thomas A. Duncan II, the Commander of the Pueblo Chemical Depot. This memorial includes the 623 names of Colorado men and women in all branches of service who were killed in the SE Asia conflict. The memorial ceremony will be followed by the Veterans Day Concert at 3 p.m. in Hoag Hall. Concessions and will follow the concert. veterans information tables

1:45-2 p.m. CSU-Pueblo Brass Ensemble
2 p.m. Fly Over, Doss Aviation Chief Pilot Mark "Yak" Maryak
2 p.m. Welcome & Introductions Jacobo Varela, Veterans Upward Bound
Posting of Colors CSU-Pueblo Army ROTC
Star Spangled Banner Richard Brown, CMSGT USAF, Retired, Music Major
Pledge of Allegiance TBD JROTC Student
Introductions President Lesley Di Mare
Guest Speaker Colonel Thomas A. Duncan, US Army, Pueblo Chemical Depot Commander
Laying of the Wreath TBD
Remarks Heather Riganti, CSU-Pueblo Student
TAPS Richard Brown, CMSGT USAF, Retired, Music Major
Closing Remarks Dana Rocha, Interim Director Veterans Affairs

Veterans Day Benefit Concert

At 3 p.m. on Friday, November 11, the CSU-Pueblo Music Department will perform a Veterans Day Concert. Donations will benefit scholarships for veterans. The brainchild of Air Force veteran and Artist-in-Residence Al Eberhardt, the concert will begin at 3 p.m. in Hoag Recital Hall and will include the CSU-Pueblo Jazz Ensemble, performances by the Piano Faculty, CSU-Pueblo FACETS (Faculty and Alumni Creating Excellence Through Students) and the CSU Pueblo Wind Ensemble. Organizers also will announce the winner of this year’s student military veteran music scholarship award recipient.

Hero Workout Event

The President’s Leadership Program, in partnership with Veterans Overcoming Obstacles (VO2), will host a Hero Workout from 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 11, at the Neta & Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl. A hero workout involves selecting a military member who has died

through service and honoring them by incorporating components of their lives into the workout itself. For example, three reps of a certain exercise would be accomplished to honor a soldier’s three children. The Nov. 11 workout will be held in special tribute to fallen soldier Sergeant Matthew James Whalen. Spectators are encouraged to attend to cheer on the veterans. Food and drink will be provided to participants, and a variety of veterans resources will set up information booths. Two workout heats will be held. At 5:30 p.m., a non-competitive workout is available for a donation to VO2 (at least $5). Veterans will be allowed to participate at no charge. Teams of two are encouraged for this partner workout, and workout and weather appropriate attire is encouraged.  At 6:30 p.m., teams of two will vie for prizes in a competitive workout, at a cost of $20 per person. Prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third places. Participants are encouraged to register online at

Free t-shirts will be provided to all who register on or before Nov. 1. Attendees also may register at the gate on the day of the event. For more information, contact Chris Carter at 719.468.0694 or

Saturday, November 12

ThunderWolves Football Game

CSU-Pueblo ThunderWolves Football presents the Military Appreciation game versus Chadron State at 2 p.m. on November 12. All active duty and military veterans will receive a free ticket (with Military ID) and four additional tickets for immediate family members. Tickets can be claimed Nov. 7-10 at the Massari Arena Ticket Office from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. For general ticket information, visit or call the ticket office at 719.549.2050.

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