STUDENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Colleges annual Veterans Day ceremony pays tribute to
13 students who were called to duty in the months before and during
the war in Iraq.
The students have resumed, or begun, their higher education after
completing their military duties.
"Were honoring them because they served their country,
of course, but also for their determination to get an education,"
said Georgia Estrada, Veteran Affairs Program director.
Eight of the students being honored served in Iraq, the Persian
Gulf or elsewhere in the Middle East during the war. The other five
were called to posts in the U.S. for duty related to the Iraqi conflict.
Students being honored include:
Ivan Bresciani, U.S.M.C.
Sgt. Danny Cruz, U.S.M.C.
Pvt. Robert D. Cruz, Jr., U.S. Army
Petty Officer Larry Douglas, U.S. Navy
Lance Corporal Julie Garcia, U.S.M.C.
Petty Officer Adrian Gonzalez, U.S. Navy
Sgt. Ignacio Martinez, U.S.M.C.
Rafael Nava, U.S.M.C.
Corporal Jorge Palacios, U.S.M.C.
Sgt. Sergio Pallares, U.S. Army
Lance Corporal Santiago Pinedo, U.S.M.C.
Specialist Mark Anthony Reyes, II, U.S. Army
Sgt. Eduardo Sanchez, U.S.M.C.
of various offices, including that of Congressman Brad Sherman (D-27th),
will present certificates of appreciation to the students.
The program will also pay tribute to a former Mission College student,
U.S. Naval Reserve Petty Officer Herman "Bud" Bolte, who
died in a highway accident last August. Bolte also served during
the Iraqi war, stationed on a Navy ship in the Persian Gulf during