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Palm Beach State celebrates veterans with breakfast

Palm Beach State holds breakfast celebrations in honor of students and employees who served in the armed forces. Click on the image to see the flickr album.

On the eve of the nation’s celebration of veterans, Palm Beach State College paused to acknowledge its own students and employees who have served in the armed forces.

The College held a free breakfast celebration at the Lake Worth, Belle Glade and Palm Beach Gardens campuses today in support of the 600 veterans enrolled this semester and dozens of others who work at the College.

“I think this event is great, and you get to mingle with other veterans,’’ said Sgt. Steven Zvolensky, a PBSC student who served seven years in the Army including a one-year tour in Afghanistan. He currently serves in the Army National Guard while also pursuing his Associate in Science degree in aeronautical science. He plans to graduate in December.

“What’s nice is that it’s low key, which I think most vets sort of prefer,’’ added Larry Leskovjan, safety and risk manager at PBSC who served six years on active duty for the Army Corps of Engineers and more than 20 years in the Army Reserves.

The College holds annual Veterans Day events as part of various initiatives to recognize and help veterans, particularly those returning to school. Activities will continue this week with a U.S. Navy Band Southwest Wind Ensemble concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Eissey Campus Theatre on the Palm Beach Gardens campus. It is free and open to the public while tickets last.

On Thursday, the Boca Raton campus will host a Student Veterans Conference for veterans to get information about resources available to them. Sponsored by the Small Business Development Center, the student Veterans Club and Student Activities, the event will include vendors, workshops on topics including, post-traumatic stress syndrome, programs for veteran entrepreneurs and others.  There also will be a screening of the documentary “Where Veterans Come From.”

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