"We are proud to honor the special contributions made by women in the military by presenting this event during Women's History Month," said Todd Steffan, who supervises the Veterans First Program at LPC.
The program offers services and resources to help veterans realize their academic goals; according to LPC, more than 600 veterans, reservist/guard, and active duty military personnel were enrolled during the last academic year.
Special guests include Nolan, who most recently served as the chief of strategy for U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Fla., where she oversaw the combatant commander's theater strategy in Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition to the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal and four Meritorious Service Medals, among others, Nolan has also received the Humanitarian Service Medal for response to the El Salvador earthquake in 2001.
U.S. Army veteran Xochitl Rodriguez Murillo is another honored guest who currently serves as the deputy secretary of Minority Veteran Affairs at the California Department of Veterans Affairs.
Murillo is "well-versed in the machinations of the military," delivering supplies to American forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004, and wants to champion for minority and underrepresented veterans "reaching areas where we have a gap," she said.
Lindsey Sin, deputy secretary for Women Veterans Affairs at the California Department of Veterans Affairs, will also be present for the event.
Sin served in the U.S. Navy from 1997 until 2005, working in military intelligence and supporting Operations Northern Watch, Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom during that time. She achieved the rank of Petty Officer First Class before returning to Sacramento and working with veterans at local colleges and universities.
The Honoring Women Veterans Luncheon is March 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Building 1600, Room 1620 A/B in Livermore. RSVP is required; search for the event by name at www.eventbrite.com.
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