In observance of Veterans Day, Thomas Nelson Community College honored veterans with events at the Hampton and Historic Triangle campuses. A Veterans Recognition Ceremony took place Wednesday, Nov. 8 at the Historic Triangle featuring U.S. Army retiree Andres Perez as guest speaker. Students, faculty and staff members who served in the Armed Forces were treated to a Veterans Luncheon Thursday, Nov. 9 in Moore Hall’s Espada Room at the Hampton campus.
During the a Nov. 8 address, Perez discussed his experiences serving as a combat medic in Iran and Afghanistan. Pursuing a college education became his main priority upon his 2015 retirement. During his college career at Lacey, Washington's Saint Martin's University, Perez was vice president of the Phi Alpha honor society for social work, a member of the SALUTE veterans national honor society, a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and president of the Saint Martin’s Veterans Club. His service dog, Smoke, is a constant companion who even walked with him on graduation day. Perez began studies this summer at the University of Washington in the Master of Social Work Advanced Standing Program and is focusing on policy and administration.
The College hosted Military Family Night on Nov. 9 allowing students, College personnel and community members to gather at the Hampton campus and enjoy free dinner, entertainment by Fort Eustis’ TRADOC Band, door prizes courtesy of Great Wolf Lodge and more. The Norfolk Tides mascot and a cadre of super heroes ranging from Captain America and Superman to Wonder Woman and Spiderman were on hand at the event mingling and taking photos with guests.