New Mexico

SFCC Hosts Veterans & Family Appreciation Day Nov. 10

Joseph L. Villegas, Sr., New Mexico State Defense Force Chaplain, Memorial Day 2022 at Santa Fe National Cemetery. Courtesy/SFCC

SFCC News:

SANTA FE – Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) Veteran Resource Center (VRC) is hosting Veterans & Family Appreciation Day on Thursday, November 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Jemez Rooms on campus at 6401 Richards Ave.

Joseph L. Villegas, Sr., SFCC Associate Professor, Navy Veteran and New Mexico State Defense Force Chaplain, will deliver a keynote address during the opening ceremonies.

The free public event will include a resource fair with information on new benefits and programs for veterinarians, support for veteran-owned businesses, educational benefits and family services for veterans. There will also be information about academic programs and scholarships. Families are encouraged to participate.

“We are pleased to once again offer this in-person event to show the college’s support and appreciation for veterans and their families,” said VRC Director Krystal Patton. “Patton, a Navy veteran, understands the needs of veterans.”

Organizations and companies interested in attending the event with an information desk can either email Krystal Patton at [email protected] or call 505.428.1305.

Some of the participating organizations:

  • UNM Business/Education Outreach
  • horses to heal
  • Veterans Upward Bound – UNM Taos
  • Santa Fe Veterinary Center
  • New Mexico Workforce Connection.

At the November 10 event, SFCC’s VRC will be collecting items for the Santa Fe Vet Center’s annual Stand Down event for the homeless, which will be held November 11 and 12 from 9am to 3pm at the Vet Center at 2209 Brothers Road takes place in Santa Fe. Patton encourages those unable to bring items to the SFCC event to bring them directly to the Vet Center.

Items Homeless Veterans will need for the Stand Down event:

  • Sleeping bags
  • backpacks
  • Non-perishable foods
  • Winter clothing (gloves, socks, hats, scarves).

For more information on the SFCC’s services to veterans, email at [email protected] or call 505.428.1305.

About SFCC

For more than 35 years, Santa Fe Community College has been the gateway to success for individuals and the community by providing affordable, quality educational programs that meet the social, cultural, technological, and economic needs of a diverse community. SFCC is recognized as a 2019 Best for Vets and a 2015 Military Friendly school. The college serves more than 15,000 students each year in its credit, non-credit, and adult programs. For more information, see or call 505.428.1000. Follow them: SFCC on Facebook, SFCC on Twitter, SFCC on LinkedIn.

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