Thanking Our Nation’s Veterans
Chancellor Block shared the following message with the UCLA campus community.
Dear Bruin Community:
Tomorrow, UCLA will join the nation in celebrating Veterans Day. This is a special moment for each of us to reflect on the courage and commitment of those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, to celebrate these heroes for their bravery and achievements, and to thank them for their sacrifices.
Here at UCLA we are honored to have veterans among our staff, students, faculty and alumni. Bruin veterans possess the kind of selflessness and dedication to the greater good that every member of our community should aspire to cultivate.
As a public institution, UCLA has long been dedicated to serving those who have served. This commitment dates back at least to the end of World War II, when UCLA’s first medical students helped treat soldiers returning from battle at the West Los Angeles VA hospital. Our support for veterans remains unwavering today. We do much to lift up and support veterans in Los Angeles and beyond through initiatives like the UCLA/VA Veteran Family Wellbeing Center, UCLA School of Law’s Veterans Legal Clinic and UCLA Health’s Operation Mend. The expansive work of our Veterans Resource Center has helped UCLA earn recognition as U.S. News and World Report’s #1 public university for veterans for six years in a row.
UCLA Veteran Affairs Relations and UCLA Dining Services have also partnered with Village for Vets, a nonprofit organization that provides essential services to homeless and at-risk veterans in Southern California. Donations to the partnership’s Spark campaign will go towards helping UCLA provide hot meals to veterans in Westwood.
Please join me in thanking veterans within and outside of our community for their service to the nation. I wish you all a meaningful Veterans Day.