Symposium, companion dogs help veterans

OCEANSIDE — Veterans Day will be honored in dual events in Oceanside for Veterans Day.MiraCosta College invites area veterans and members of the community to its Public Issues Symposium, at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, in the Concert Hall Bldg. 2400 on campus, 1 Barnard Drive, featuring author and television commentator Retired Marine Lt. Col. Jay Kopelman. A former special ops liaison officer with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Fallujah, Kopelman will speak on the topic “Re-Entry: The Combat Veteran and Reconnecting Upon Return.” He will also read selections from his best-selling memoir, “From Baghdad with Love: A Marine, the War, and a Dog Named Lava.” The college has been named a Military Friendly Institution by Victory Media, a distinction given to the top 15 percent of colleges and universities doing the most to ensure the success of military service members, veterans and spouses. The panel “Opinion Shapers & Decision Makers: Their Impact on Returning Veterans,” originally scheduled for Nov. 8, has been cancelled.

Canine Companions’ Regional Board Vice President, retired Marine Col. Christopher Conlin, will recognize veteran clients at noon Nov. 8, at QLN Conference Center’s Exhibit Hall, 1938 Avenida del Oro.

Canine Companions for Independence will hold an assistance dog graduation ceremony that will include special presentations in honor of Veterans Day and Canine Companions’ Wounded Veterans Initiative. The free, public event will feature people with disabilities (both military and civilian) formally receiving their new assistance dogs after completing an intense, residential, two-week Team Training program.





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