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Veterans Resource Center

Graduation 2022

Congratulations, Veteran Graduates!

Thank you for your service to protect our freedom. We at Foothll feel fortunate and honored to support you in achieving your academic goals.

We want you to know that we appreciate each and every one of you, and we are committed to your academic success. 

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Message from Acting President Fong

Acting President Bernadine Chuck Fong

To Our Foothill Veteran Students:

Our Veterans Resource Center was established at Foothill College to serve one of the most important student populations in our student body. The Center with all of its resources is but one small way Foothill can give back to our veterans, in gratitude for your service to our community and our country. Veterans should always feel welcome and embraced by the college as we treasure your presence.

Bernadine Chuck Fong, PhD

Acting President

Foothill College 


Celebrating Graduating Veteran Students

Daniel Avalos


Degree: B.S. in Dental Hygiene

Transfer Plans: UC

Military Service: U.S. Army



I want to give a big thanks to everyone in the veteran's resource center for helping me have a smooth transition from military life to civilian life. Especially other vets on campus that had the same struggles as I did. A special thanks to my mother who has been there for me since the beginning -Mama Julie Brown-. Without her help and the help of others I would have been lost in the dark.


Student Name, Degree, Military Branch

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James Meeker, A.S Psychology, US Navy

Degree: B.S. in Dental Hygiene  JMSP22 GRAD

Transfer Plans: UC

Military Service: U.S. Army

As a retired Navy veteran, I have successfully conducted 9 combat deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya as an Intel analyst working with both the United States Army and the United States Marine Corp . Along with those tours I was also assigned to the Pentagon during the events that took place on September 11, 2001. Overall, I have completed 20 years of honorable service in the United States Navy 

The road to me transferring to San Jose State here in the fall since my retirement has been a tremendous one. In 2014 I was forced to retire from the military and went through some devastating challenges. I had to deal with a great many things such as mental disorders dealing with depression and severe PTSD along with substance abuse. I also was dealing with legal issues and homelessness for a period. However, these days I am in my children's daily lives, owning my own home, being completely sober and successfully continuing my education. 

My journey in achieving my associates degree from Foothill College has been very challenging. There were so many ups and downs through the last couple of years. When I started my journey here at Foothill College back in 2019, I did not know what to expect. There have been so many great people who has helped me through the process of getting through my classes and finally graduating in 2022. I would like to thank my two sons Maseus and Rome along with my girlfriend Yvette all have been the mainstay of my achievements, however professionals at Foothill College like Professor Eta JMSP22 GR2Lin, Mrs. Mimi Overton, the veteran volunteers in the Veteran Resource Center and most importantly Miss Julie Brown were critical in my success at Foothill. Special thanks to Miss Julie Brown because in my eyes I could not have graduated and be as successful without her help and guidance. I feel so blessed to have met Miss Brown and I can’t say thank you enough. I hope to stay in contact with everyone that has helped me here at Foothill College and I look forward to my next challenge of attending a CSU.  

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We're Here to Help!

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Building 5400, Room 5403



Ms. Julie Brown
Veterans Resource Specialist & School Certifying Official

Veterans Resource Center



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Richard Saroyan
Counselor, Veterans Services

Veterans Resource Center



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Fall Hours

Sept. 25–Oct. 6

  • Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (In Person & Virtual)
  • Friday: 8 a.m.–3 p.m. (In Person & Virtual)

Oct. 9– Dec. 15

  • Monday–Thursday:
    8 a.m.–5 p.m. (In Person)
  • Friday: 8 a.m.–3 p.m. (Virtual Only)


  • July 4: Independence Day Holiday
  • Sept. 4: Labor Day Holiday
  • Sep. 4: Labor Day
  • Nov. 10: Veteran’s Day
  • Nov. 23: Thanksgiving
  • Nov. 24: Thanksgiving
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