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Veteran's Day Speaker: Eric Alva

Eric Alva HeadshotPlease join us for a special talk from Retired Staff Sergeant Eric Alva! This event is free for all CofC students, faculty, staff, and the general public. The event will be November 12, at 7:00 PM in the Stern Student Center Ballroom.

Retired Staff Sergeant Eric Alva was the first American soldier injured in the Iraq War. Hailed as an American hero, Alva was decorated and visited by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney, and President George W. Bush. However, he was only able to be true to himself after he left the military, and upon his retirement came out as a gay man.
Today, Alva is a gay rights activist and spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, where he speaks about LGBT issues and the military. He also played an important role in helping repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, working with members of Congress to put an end to the discriminatory practice. 

His service has earned him multiple honors and awards, including the 2011 Elizabeth Birch Equality Award, named for the former executive director of the Human Rights Campaign. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the LGBT community.

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