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So Many Desserts!!!

Aleethia’s “Friday Night Dinner” on January 17, 2014 was held at the Capitol Hill Club. Over sixty wounded/injured service members, family members and invited guests enjoyed an evening which was filled with welcoming six “first timers,” a birthday surprise, discussions with representatives from the “Student Veterans of America” and a sumptuous steak dinner including a dessert buffet that offered too many choices!!!

Because of a rainy night and heavy traffic, everyone was ready to hit the sumptuous buffet of hors d’oeuvres, a four course dinner and an array of desserts!



Today's veterans face numerous obstacles in their path of attaining a college degree. These challenges range from a missing sense of camaraderie to feeling like an outsider amongst 18 year old traditional students to a lack of understanding by university faculty. When coupled with the visible and invisible wounds of war, a college degree can be an elusive goal for men and women returning from military service. Student Veterans of America (SVA) makes that goal a reality. SVA’s mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

John Kamin, National Veterans Center Program Manager and Darren Phelps, National Veterans Center Program Coordinator with SVA spoke of SVA’s programs and during the evening they spent time with individual service members to answer any questions.


John enlisted in USA in 2005 and served with the 3rd Infantry Division and deployed to Iraq in 2007 for 15 months. He is currently an Army Reservist with a Military Information Support Operations Group.


Darren enlisted in the US Marine Corps in March 2003. He was attached to the H&S Co. 8th Tank Battalion and was deployed to Djibouti in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.


The evening ended with an array of sweets and the traditional toast …

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