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Southwestern College's Student Veteran Organization Hosts "Sisters in Arms"
Posted Date: 4/10/2013

Southwestern College’s Student Veteran Organization Hosts “Sisters In Arms”

CHULA VISTA – The Southwestern College Student Veteran Organization (SVO) hosted a “Sisters In Arms” ceremony during Women’s History Month to honor and celebrate women who have served in all branches of the United States Armed Forces. Members of the Student Veteran Organization each highlighted remarkable women who have served and excelled in the United States Armed Forces. 
        Jim Jones, co-advisor for the SVO, began the event with a history of the SVO and what the club stands for. 
        “The Student Veteran Organization’s primary mission is to assist veterans in their transitions from military life to academia through camaraderie,” said Jones. “Student Veteran Organization serves as a support group for these veterans to assist them as they transition to their critical first year of college.” 
        Guest speaker Retired Army Captain Sarah Oury, current President of the San Diego Chapter of the Association of the United States Army, spoke about her experiences as a women serving in the United States Army. 
        “There are some unwritten rules for females going into the military,” said Oury. “Dress professionally . . . be assertive . . . know that it’s okay to be human . . . and understand that knowledge is power.” 
        Chula Vista Councilwomen Mary Salas presented a proclamation by Mayor Cheryl Cox declaring March 21st as Sisters In Arms day, designated to honor and remember women veterans. Salas also praised Southwestern College’s commitment to veterans. 
        “This is a fabulous campus and a great institution of learning,” said Salas. “It’s no surprise that Southwestern Community College has been named the top veteran school in California.”

Chula Vista Councilwoman Mary Salas presents proclamation to SVO VP Crystal Higgs

Honoring Women Veterans: Chula Vista Councilwoman Mary Salas (L) presents a proclamation by Mayor Cheryl Cox to Crystal Higgs, the Vice President of the Student Veteran Organization. The proclamation marked March 21st as Sisters In Arms Day, to celebrate and honor women veterans.