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John F. Kennedy University, VALOR Center for Veteran Students

Oct 30, 2016 06:38PM ● By Elena Hutslar

The VALOR Center at John F. Kennedy University has been established to support our veteran students through a grant from the Department of Education.  The space is designed for students to relax and socialize with other veterans and gain assistance as they transition from military to civilian life.  We offer workshops, resources, counseling referrals, peer mentoring, and academic tutoring as enhancements to their educational experience. Jared Anderson, the veteran coordinator, provides counsel on many military-related issues, including VA benefits, scholastic assistance, and community resource referral.

To celebrate our veterans, the Pleasant Hill Rotary and JFKU is hosting a Veterans Day Celebration at the Pleasant Hill Park on Friday, November 11, from 11am-4pm. This will be a family event, with food, games, and fun! All are welcome.  


On Saturday, November 5, the VALOR Center will host its annual Veteran’s Conference, from 9:30am-1:30pm at the JFKU Pleasant Hill campus. This year’s topic is “Moral Injury,” the condition that many veterans face when dealing with actions not in line with their personal moral compass. The conference will include individual talks and a panel discussion from psychologists who have worked with veterans dealing with moral injury.  A chaplain from Travis Air Force Base will also join the discussion.  The community is invited to attend. To RSVP, please contact Jared Anderson at 925-969-3332 or [email protected].  


In order to fill the need for community connection and networking for those working in veterans’ resources in the East Bay, the VALOR Center at JFKU created the East Bay Veterans Town Hall Collaborative.  The inaugural meeting was held in September and was met with much enthusiasm. This meeting will continue to be held on the first Wednesday of each month, from 9:30-11:30am, at our Pleasant Hill campus (100 Ellinwood Way). This group is for those working in veteran's services that are interested in collaborating, building new networks, and supporting each other and those we serve.