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CMU student veterans assoc. to sponsor All Services Military Ball

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WHAT: All Services Military Ball

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 8; 5 p.m. social hour, 6 p.m. dinner, 7:30 p.m. dancing

WHERE: Colorado Mesa University Ballroom

COST: $45

INFO: Tickets available at area City Market stores, Colorado Mesa University Center information desk, Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, or by calling Barry Teeple at 760-819-1350.

The annual All Services Military Ball started out 25 years ago as a birthday celebration for the U.S. Marine Corps, founded Nov. 10, 1775.

Over the years, the Marine Corps Military Birthday Bash evolved into the All Services Military Ball honoring all branches of the military. After the New York City terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the event began recognizing law enforcement and first responders as well.

This year’s upcoming event on Friday, Nov. 8, at Colorado Mesa University Ballroom is sponsored by the CMU Student Veterans Association. A 5 p.m. social hour will be followed with dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing afterward.

Presentation of the colors will be conducted by the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department. Larry Cappetto, a local award-winning documentary filmmaker and author, is the evening’s keynote speaker. Music will be performed by the Frank Bregar Orchestra.

Ticket sale proceeds benefit the Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Scholarship fund and the CMU Student Veterans Association.

The student veterans group, the first one on the Western Slope, formed two years ago on campus as a local chapter of the national organization, Student Veterans of America. Prior to that there was another club called The Vets Club, which was often mistaken for a student veterinarian club, said SVA president and CMU senior Barry Teeple.

“Our mission is to provide military veterans with resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and post-graduation,” Teeple said.

As a military veteran fresh out of the service, Teeple said he felt isolated when he first got to town. Teeple, 30, joined the Marine Corps in 2003 after graduating from Grand Junction High School.

“It was right after 9/11; Iraq had started up. That’s why I joined,” Teeple said.

He served two seven-month deployments in Iraq between 2004 and 2006.

“What we try and do (through Student Veterans Association) is provide a place for advice, social networking and business networking,” he said. “We help vets get jobs — whether short-term while they’re students or after graduation.”

On campus, club members also assist veterans with tutoring, enrolling for veterans benefits, or signing up for health care through the VA. Teeple estimated there are about 350 military veterans who are students at CMU.

The approximately 20-member club meets once a month on the first Tuesday at noon in room 222 of the University Center. During those meetings, members decide on a time and place for a second, social meeting that month at a local restaurant.

Tickets to the All Services Marine Ball are $45 and available at area City Market stores, the information desk at the Colorado Mesa University Center, the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, and from Teeple at 760-819-1350. The dinner menu includes porcini-crusted grilled tenderloin, grilled chicken, green beans, caramelized mashed potatoes, rolls, tea and coffee and cake.

For more information about Student Veterans Association, visit their Facebook page, Student Veterans Association at CMU, or email sva@coloradomesa.edu.


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