Local veterans invited to attend CFCC ceremony on Nov. 9

Cape Fear Community College will honor our nation’s military veterans at a special ceremony on Nov. 9. The event will take place in Tabitha’s Courtyard at the downtown Wilmington Campus. All area veterans and their families are invited to attend.

The event will feature remarks from CFCC President Ted Spring and veterans affairs coordinator Bob Philpott.

The keynote speaker will be CFCC student Victoria Breaud, a sergeant in the U.S. Army who served in Panama, Somalia and Iraq. Breaud is the president of the CFCC student veterans club.

All branches of the military will be recognized through a musical salute.

On display throughout the event will be large American flag that was carried into combat for U.S. Forces during Operation Desert Storm in 1991 and later to deployments into Iraq and Afghanistan.

Over 600 student veterans are currently enrolled at CFCC, which was recognized earlier this year as a “Military-Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs Magazine. Of the approximately 7,000 colleges, universities and trade schools in the United States, only approximately 20% are considered to be the most military friendly by G.I. Jobs magazine.

One of the biggest benefits for student vets at CFCC is the veterans center. Located on the fourth floor of the McLeod Building in downtown Wilmington, CFCC’s veterans center offers veteran students a dedicated location to study, get counseling and find answers to questions that affect veterans. Philpott said that many combat veterans have difficulty adjusting back to civilian life after being deployed and the center provides a place where they can talk to each other and get help when they need it.