Image caption: Brian Vargas, Marine Corps veteran, graduate of UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare and cofounder of a suicide prevention program for returning war and other military veterans. Read Brian’s story. (Photo © University of California)

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, UC will join Americans nationwide in recognizing Veterans Day by expressing gratitude for the selfless and meaningful service the veterans of our armed forces have provided, and continue to provide. UC’s support for veterans and military families is systemwide and year-round — and includes employment resources, advising, counseling and opportunities for connection.

Join our campuses in celebrating Veterans Day. And, learn how three former military lawyers at the Office of the President support UC.

Virtual 2020 Veterans Day celebrations 

UC Davis Annual Veterans Celebration
Nov. 10, 12-1:30 p.m.

The UC Davis Campus and Health veteran organizations welcome all UC Davis veteran staff, faculty, students, alumni, family and friends along with our local community affiliates and supporters to join a virtual UC Davis Annual Veterans Celebration. This event will feature special remarks from Vice Chancellor of Finance, Operations and Administration Kelly Ratcliff and Clifton B. Carpenter, U.S. Marine Corps officer and senior leader.

UC Irvine Veterans Day Ceremony
Nov. 10, 12-12:45 p.m.

Join campus and community leaders as we honor and thank those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Contact with any questions. We look forward to celebrating this day with you!

UC Irvine: The Journey Home — A Veterans Day Remembrance
Nov. 10, 6-7:30 p.m.

Inspired by the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, “The Journey Home” tells the story of men and women who must find their way back home, literally and figuratively. The evening is a companion program to Brancy and Dugan’s critically acclaimed “A Silent Night: A WWI Memorial in Song,” which commemorated the centennial of the beginning of World War I and was performed at UC Irvine in 2018.  

UC San Diego: Veterans Week 2020
UC San Diego celebrated Veterans Week early — Nov. 2-6. Watch a video of the 19th Annual Veterans Recognition Ceremony, available soon at the UC San Diego Veterans Staff Association website. This year’s ceremony honored Technical Project Manager Paul Krueger.

Other 2020 Veterans Day recognitions

Inspired by military road marches, UC Santa Cruz encourages campus veterans to go outside and go for a walk or a hike. Track the steps/miles you walk with a fitness tracker and submit a screenshot of your tracker, along with a walk selfie. The VETS program will track how many miles were walked collectively and the farthest walkers will win a prize. Download a flyer to learn more or contact

UCSF will honor student veterans by distributing UCSF Veterans Challenge Coins. To learn more, contact

Veterans resources throughout UC

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