Preview: Annual Veterans Appreciation Breakfast

veteransvia FIU Flickr

Andres Davila | News Director

As an annual celebration every Veteran’s Day, FIU will host a breakfast networking event on Nov. 13 to honor veterans and the United States military.

This annual event recognizes “the vital role the military service plays in the national security of the United States of America” and will honor “Past, present, and future service members through scholarship awards and an inspirational program,” according to the Veteran and Military Affairs.

Almost 1,200 military-affiliated and veteran students are on campus as of September 2023. Throughout the university’s history, more than 4,700 military-affiliated and veteran students have graduated, giving five national distinctions for its educational support to these students. 

Statistics via FIU Military and Veteran Affairs

Along with the recognition of veterans, there will be a keynote address by Alejandro Villanueva, a U.S. Army veteran and former football player for the Army Black Knights, the college football team representing the United States Military Academy.

Alejandro Villanueva playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers | via Flickr

Villanueva served three tours in Afghanistan as an Army Ranger after he played collegiate football at West Point, where he played offensive tackle. After his service, he played for the Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Baltimore Ravens. He retired in 2021, leaving his legacy with two Pro Bowls under the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

The breakfast will begin at 9:30 a.m., with both in-person and virtual options for the event

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