St. Mary’s Commissioner Speaks on Connections among Veterans at CSM Veteran’s Salute

Members of the Henry E. Lackey High School Air Force JROTC presented the colors during CSM's annual breakfast saluting veterans.

St. Mary’s County Commissioner John O’Connor shared stories from his more than seven years in the U.S. Army during the College of Southern Maryland’s annual Veterans Breakfast and Open House Nov. 9. To view his remarks and more from the event, visit

O’Connor spoke of the connection veterans have with one another, something that was reiterated by students at the breakfast involved in the CSM Student Veterans Organization, one of the event’s sponsors. Providing ways to foster that connection at the college is one of the ways CSM supports the 730 students using veteran benefits at the college. CSM is the fifth largest veteran-serving college or university in Maryland. The college is approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, which allows eligible veterans, service members and certain dependents to receive VA educational benefits for credit certificate and associate degree programs.

The Nov. 9 breakfast featured an open house at the CSM Veterans Resource Center in the Learning Resource Center. Additionally, the college showed appreciation to its military veterans with a Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony sponsored by the student association at the Prince Frederick Campus on Nov. 10 and participated in the Veterans Day Parade in Leonardtown on Nov. 11.

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