SFCC’s Veterans Resource Center and KSFR’s Veterans and Family Appreciation Day a success

Vietnam Veterans of America, Northern Chapter 996 Presentation of Colors at Santa Fe Community College for Veterans and Family Appreciation Day.

A solemn moment as "Taps" is played in honor of the second anniversary of the loss of one the college's student veterans to suicide. Afterwards, Veterans Resource Specialist Gregory Scargall asked for 22 seconds of silence for the approximately 22 veterans a day who die from suicide.

Veterans Resource Center Coordinator Gregory Scargall welcomes and thanks all of the sponsors who supported the Veterans and Family Appreciation Day.

Dignataries, administrators, staff, faculty and others came out to attend the event.

KSFR's reporter John Shannon, KSFR General Manager Tazbah McCullah and the KSFR team supported the Veterans Resource Fair. Reporter John Shannon, a post-911 veteran and SFCC film student shared a series of video clips that he's working on for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's Veterans Coming Home series. He also organized many aspects of the fair.

SFCC Veteran's Resource Center student workers helped at the event. Left to right: Student veterans Angelo Lucero, Anthony Prieto, Brandon Martinez and Krystal Patton.

SFCC's Veterans Resource Center served a cake that celebrated the college's designation as a Best for Vets by Military Times for the fifth year.

SFCC student veteran Sebastian Gonzales, 25, and José James Gallegos, who will be 85 later this month, were cited as the youngest and oldest veteran at the event and were asked to cut the celebration cake. Gallegos, who served in North Korea and Japan, has logged 14,800 volunteer hours to help veterans over the past 40 years. He makes frequent trips to visit veterans at the V.A. Hospital.

New Mexico’s Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Carlos Condit (right) stops by to talk with Robert H. Romero, readjustment counseling tech at the Vet's Center in Santa Fe.

SFCC's AV Tech Marshall Martinez and OIT's technical Support Specialist Fine"Spirit" Routt were among the many getting posters and memorabilia signed by New Mexico’s Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Carlos Condit (center), who was a guest speaker at the event.

SFCC’s Veteran’s Resource Center worked with KSFR radio in presenting last week’s successful Veterans and Family Appreciation Day: Veterans Resource and Career Fair. A steady stream of veterans came in to attend the event. Veteran John Shannon, SFCC film student and KSFR employee, showed a series of short videos that he is producing for VeteransComingHome.org. Listen to recent reports by reporter John Shannon at KSFR.org.