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While addressing the crowd gathered for a flag raising in honor of Veterans Month at Cal State Fullerton, President Fram Virjee directly addressed the veteran students in the crowd saying, “This is one of life’s great honors to serve you all after you and your families have served us all so valiantly. By putting yourself in danger you have protected us. By bringing the life lessons you learned in the military on our campus and in our classrooms, you enlighten us, and by excelling as scholars and leaders, you inspire us.

“At Cal State Fullerton, we can never truly thank you for your service and selflessness, but it is our honor to celebrate and support you,” said Virjee.

Among the ways in which the CSUF honors veterans, it provides a state-of-the-art space, the CSUF Veterans Resource Center, and a team of Titans dedicated to serving the 1,186 military-related campus students, including more than 600 veterans.

Virjee also noted that 67% of veteran college students come from historically underserved communities, and more than a third are the first in their families to graduate from college.

In addition to the Veterans Resource Center, the university offers a Veteran Ambassador Program, the Titan Warrior Wellness Program, and the VetForward Program. These support veterans as they transition to college, spend time on campus, and enter the workforce.

Virjee said the success of CSUF veterans shows that campus support is working. CSUF veterans graduate with a historically high GPA of 3.25. In addition, their four-year graduation rate is nearly 20 percent higher than the national average for veteran students.

He also added that at CSUF, female veterans are leading the charge, earning undergraduate and graduate degrees.

“Of course, the traits of resilience, adaptability and courage that our veteran and military-related students instill in our classrooms and communities are needed and needed every year, but especially over the past 20 months, their importance has grown in tandem with the heartache caused by both the pandemic and the systemic racism that is the real ongoing scourge of our country.

“Vets, know that we are here to thank you not only for your military service, but for all that you have done and continue to do as Titans,” said Virjee.