Veteran's Day Post from Vice Provost of Student Life

Dear Saint Mary's Students,

Today is Veteran's Day, a day that I observe as the daughter and sister of veterans - my dad served in the Air Force and my brother in the Navy. As a child growing up in San Antonio, the military was ever-present. It seemed that our neighbors, classmates, fellow parishioners were either in the military or veterans. And being immersed in such a community, it is easy to take for granted what it means to be a member of a branch of the military, the privilege and the sacrifice.

When enlisting, men and women take an oath:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

I believe that taking this oath is a profound commitment. Members of the military through this oath state their readiness to defend the Constitution on our behalf and a willingness to put their lives in danger to mount that defense. There are currently 1,351,236 active personnel in the five branches, Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines.

At Saint Mary's annually, we have about 90 students who are on the Yellow Ribbon program, veterans or their dependents who have taken that oath and served this country and its citizens. If one of them is your classmate, roommate or teammate, please join me today to acknowledge and appreciate the service of our all of our Vets, but particularly those who are members of our own community.

Best, Jane Camarillo, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Student Life