Veterans Expo to be held at Cooper Center on Nov. 8

Veterans at South Texas College are requesting the community come out and participate in a day of celebration of our nation’s heroes past and present.

South Texas College will hold Veterans Day ceremonies at all five campuses beginning on Nov. 9 in Starr County and Mid-Valley campuses at 9 a.m.

Veterans Day events will then take place on Nov. 10 at the Pecan Campus at 9 a.m., Technology Campus at 11 a.m., and Nursing and Allied Health at1 p.m.

“We try to get people to understand that throughout the year, there is always an opportunity to thank a veteran,” said Javier Arredondo, Veterans Coordinator at South Texas College. “This is an opportunity for at least on one day to let students become aware that these are veterans who are getting their life back when they come to school, they need to be recognized and given thanks.”

The Office of Veterans Affairs at South Texas College has organized a Veterans Expo that will be held at three campuses beginning on Nov. 8.

The first Veterans Expo will take place at STC’s Pecan Campus on Nov. 8. The Mid Valley Veterans Expo will take place on Nov. 15, and the Technology Campus Expo will take place on Nov. 16. Times for all events will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Created as a resource for veterans in the community, the expo will consist of area vendors who will be on hand distributing information of the benefits and services available to them. 

Vendors at the expo will assist veterans with applying for grants that can be used towards rent, utilities, daycare for children, tuition assistance and transportation.

Organizations attending will provide a wide range of services including legal aid, mental health care, veterans’ benefit claims assistance, hearing loss, home care, mortgage loans, small business start-up assistance and PTSD therapy assistance.

“I just want to add that it’s appreciated that people just come and attend. That’s enough thanks,” said Jessie Luna, Coordinator of Veteran Enrollment Services at STC. “To have people there is indicative of how the community feels about what the veterans did for them, so their presence means a lot.

 “We are inviting people from the community and veterans to come so they can find out about their benefits,” Luna said. “This is not only for students, but those veterans in the community who want to stop by.” 

Other Events happening around the community

Friday

November 10 

Veterans War Memorial of Texas

This year the program will be dedicated to World War II veterans and their families. The event will be held at the memorial complex. In order to accommodate the school schedules the event will begin at 11 a.m. and conclude at noon. Recently the Veterans War Memorial of Texas received funding assistance from a portion of the state sales tax on sporting goods through the Outdoor Recreation Grant Program. Visitors to the memorial will now have more parking available.

The Memorial Complex is located at 29th Street & Col. Plummer Dr. in McAllen.

Saturday

November 11 

Veterans Day Parade 2017

The Dustin Sekula Library along with the City of Edinburg will be honoring all who served with a parade at 10 a.m. The route this year will begin at the Hidalgo County Courthouse and end at Richard Flores Stadium. Trophies will be awarded to the most patriotic float. For more information call (956) 383-6246.

Veterans Day Parade & Fireworks 2017

The City of Pharr will honor the men and women who have served and are serving in the United States Military. The parade will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the corner of Polk and Cage Boulevard and will continue south ending at PSJA stadium.

Fireworks will begin at 7 p.m. at Liberty Middle School located 1212 S. Fir. St.

A country concert featuring Drew & Dancehall Dreamers at the American Legion Post #101 will begin at 7:30 p.m.