May 26, 2016
UCI Student Center
Irvine, CA 92697
Service Dress or Business Attire
The Veteran Appreciation Dinner is UCI’s end-of-the-year celebration honoring our deserving graduating veteran and military students as they prepare to embark on the next stages of their academic and professional careers.
Friends, family, campus allies, and military supporters are all invited to join us for dinner and express appreciation to our brave students for their service to our country. The dinner also gives us the opportunity to recognize worthy veteran scholarship awardees, our outstanding Veteran Student of the Year as well as our leading Community Veteran Supporter of the Year.
The Veteran Services Center is not part of, or endorsed by, the Department of Defense.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: Please RSVP by Friday, May 20th, 2016.
REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. WE ARE AT CAPACITY.
Following the events of September 11, 2001, Aaron Anderson left his college studies to enlist in the U.S. Army. He served for 6 years as a detachment engineer in the Army Special Forces, also known as the Green Berets. During a deployment to Afghanistan in 2006, he was traumatically wounded by an IED when he and his team were ambushed. He spent seven months at Walter Reed and underwent twenty-four surgeries to salvage his lower extremities. Aaron returned to his unit at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, but ultimately decided to relinquish his spot to someone more suited for the demands of the Special Operations. Upon returning to civilian life Aaron founded a security-consulting firm, and also founded the Green Beret Foundation (GBF) in 2009 serving as its President for two years and on its board of directors for four years. The GBF provides advocacy, transitional support, and services that fills the gaps of the traditional care system — such as financial support for rehabilitation and medical treatments not covered by the DoD or the VA. In 2013, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from UC Irvine with a Bachelors in International Studies. At UCI's 2014 commencement, President Obama highlighted Aaron’s service, his will, and determination. Today, Aaron works as a Trade Compliance Associate for PIMCO and serves on the PIMCO Veterans steering committee. In the Fall, he will continue his studies with UCI’s Executive MBA program.
Sponsoring a table at one of the levels listed on the GIVING page will not only help us host graduating Veteran Students and their family members at the event but will also directly benefit two key programs dedicated to supporting our UCI Veteran and Military Students. UC Irvine’s Veteran Services Center Military Student Bridging the Gap Scholarship and Military Student Program Funds are dedicated to assisting our veteran students stay on the path to achieving their academic dreams. Contributions provide vital funds to help us bridge the gap between the limit of G.I. benefits and the actual cost of a veteran student’s education, allowing many of our veteran students the needed boost to complete their last one or two quarters required for graduation. Through the Military Student Program Fund we provide additional resources and programming designed to address the specific needs of deserving veteran students re-entering and adjusting to academic pursuits following military service.
Please show your support of our veteran and military students by sponsoring a table as an external sponsorship or on-campus sponsorship at the Veteran Appreciation Dinner or by giving to the Bridging the Gap Military Student Scholarship and the Military Student Program Fund. Your generous contribution of $1500, $2500, $3500, or more will be used to provide resources and opportunities to deserving veteran and military students. We will show our appreciation in several ways, including inviting you to attend the Veteran Appreciation Dinner as an honored guest. Please see our GIVING page for more information.