November 7, 2018

San Diego Mesa College Hosts Veterans Week Celebrations

By Cristy Ocana, Office of Communications

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San Diego Mesa College is hosting events throughout the week for Veterans Celebration Week. Today, students gathered to learn more about veterans’ experiences at the Supporting our Deported Veterans panel. Specialist Hector Barajas spoke along with our District Board of Trustee Peter Zschiesche, and Case Manager for the Employee Rights Center Marisol Turincio.

Spc. Hector Barajas shared his personal story of his own deportation, facing many obstacles such as separating from his beloved family. Fortunately, he found his way back to the United States and reconnected with his 13-year-old daughter.

After reflecting on his struggles, he founded the Deported Veterans Support House “The Bunker” in Tijuana, Mexico. This support house, with help from the Employee Rights Center, helps deported veterans by giving them food, clothing, shelter, and anything else the veterans might need.

For more information about veteran services on campus, please click HERE.

Tags: veterans resource center, Honoring Veterans