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Veterans News

Staying connected is the key to Michelle Petter’s recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder, which is why she is competing in the first Valor Games Far West in San Mateo County this week.

It’s been half a lifetime since Robert Stirm, an alumnus of College of San Mateo, was freed from a notorious North Vietnamese prison, nicknamed the Hanoi Hilton. Next March will mark the 40th anniversary of his release.

Les Williams was the first African-American bomber pilot during World War II as one of the Tuskegee Airmen and broke racial barriers as a businessman in San Mateo County in the postwar years.

On Wednesday, February 15 at 11 am, CSM will celebrate the official opening of the new Veterans Resource and Opportunity Center. The event will begin in the Office of Student Life (Building 17, Room 112) with keynote remarks by a student veteran, college officials and local dignitaries.

Children from College of San Mateo’s Child Development Center cut, pasted, and drew handmade greeting cards for hospitalized veterans as part of a Valentine’s Day effort to honor the vets and to recognize the hardships they’ve endured.

The ceremony was attended by an audience of approximately 300 that included many veterans, active duty military, local dignitaries and members of the college community.

During his first tour, Capt. Justin Erickson came home with two U.S. flags flown during Operation Iraqi Freedom. He donated it to the College of San Mateo, which will raise the flag this morning during a presentation to honor veterans, active military and all service members and their families.