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DMC Celebrating Veterans Day with Special Message from College's Veterans Center on Nov. 11

Student veterans served country in Armed Forces, now preparing for front lines as first responders

Article by Melinda Eddleman

They have served and defended their country as members of the U.S. Armed Forces, including the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Army and Coast Guard. Now, they’re preparing for a different kind of “front line” as first responders.

Tomorrow, Nov. 11, marks a day to celebrate the service and remember the sacrifices made by the nation’s veterans and their families. Del Mar College (DMC) will “virtually” observe Veterans Day with a special message from the College’s Veterans Center by airing a video produced by DMC Digital Services.

The video will air at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Nov. 11) on DMC social media channels and the College’s online newsroom, including:

• Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/delmarcollege

• YouTube: https://youtube.com/delmarcollege

• Twitter: https://twitter.com/delmarcollege

• DMC Viking News: vikingnews.delmar.edu

 We’re acknowledging and celebrating all of those who once swore an oath to defend and protect this nation; and although this year has proven to be challenging, we’re reminded on a daily basis that many of those who served in the armed forces continue to serve on the front lines during this pandemic.
Edward J. "EJ" Goodroe, Director of the DMC Veterans Center

Having reached the rank of Sergeant, Goodroe served with the U.S. Marine Corps from 2006 through 2012 as a field radio/satellite communications operator. He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The DMC Veterans Center serves approximately 900 student veterans each semester, and approximately 410 are utilizing Veterans Education Benefits. Seventy-four (74) of these students, or 18%, are majoring in one of the College’s first responder programs.

The student veteran population attending DMC and representing the different Armed Forces is as follows: 43% Army, 27% Navy, 17% Marine Corps, 10% Air Force and 3% Coast Guard.

“These individuals have shown that not only are we resilient, we will persevere,” added Goodroe. “We may not be able to celebrate this day as we did in previous years, but their service and continued service to us all will never be forgotten. Happy Veterans Day!”


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Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.