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Mission: Provide camaraderie, networking and scholarship to current student veterans.  Ensure that veteran alumni receive the care entitled to them. Support our fellow veteran alumni in all lawful ways and its alumni.

Veteran Alumni Spring 2013 Newsletter

Veteran Alumni Chapter Board Member Welcome and Introductions

The new 2012-2013 Veteran Alumni Chapter board members would like to welcome you and introduce themselves. This year the goal of the Veteran Alumni Chapter is to reach out to more veteran alumni to keep Aztecs together who share the special bond that Aztecs have with SDSU, fellow classmates and veterans.  We look forward to your participation and invite your feedback on how we can serve you this year.  Please know we have set the following 2012-2013 board meeting dates: April 26, July 26 and October (tbd) and are discussing future events. 

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Help us spread the word about the Veteran Alumni Chapter. Your participation is vital to our outreach and growth.

Board Members

Ed Fletcher - President

Please acce
pt my sincere thanks.  I am honored and humbled as I accept the position as President of the SDSU Veteran Alumni Chapter.  Be assured that I accept this challenge wholeheartedly, recognizing the contributions of those who have served in the positions of leadership before me.  I offer my congratulations to the others who were elected as officers and herewith pledge to  work with them to ensure the betterment of the Chapter.I have been associated with SDSU since 1950, when I began my undergraduate studies.I received both my B.A. and M.A. degree from San Diego State University - which in those days was known as San Diego State College. During my tenure as President, I plan to maintain close contact with those organizations closely associated the Veteran Alumni Chapter, such as the Student Veterans Organization, the Reserve Officers Training Course, and the War Memorial Committee, as well as the city of San Diego, and its military community.

Do not hesitate to contact me whenever I may be of service.

Edward Fletcher
Veteran Alumni Chapter President

Christopher Hanson – Executive Vice President

Fellow members of the Veteran Alumni Chapter, My name is Chris Hanson and I have been elected to be your Chapter Executive Vice President. I am honored by the trust you have placed in me to build our organization and serve our community. We have something very special at SDSU: A legacy of selfless service and capable leadership. When I graduated with a degree in history from SDSU, I didn't think that I would be able to put my academic discipline to work so quickly. I now realize that the strength of an organization comes from an understanding of its History and the commitment to honor the past while always striving to improve. I will share with you over my tenure, historical items of interest and stories from our members. The more we know about our history and our fellow members, the more we will appreciate why we need to continue to support our university and our fellow Veteran Alumni Chapter members. I see the Veteran Alumni Chapter as an organization with a purpose to explore and share our storied past.. from the veterans who banded together to honor their fallen comrades and to construct our war memorial, to the many officers who were trained at SDSU - many who presently serve currently in our armed forces, to the veterans who have served who have come to SDSU to broaden their horizons and continue their service. We are many, but we are one family. I intend to invite the many generations of veterans who belong to the Aztec family and ensure that they are able to share their stories, share their experiences and share their time with those who are their brothers and sister in the world's finest fraternity.. the Brotherhood of Arms. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to be of service to you and I hope to watch as our veteran community proudly joins the Veteran Alumni Chapter.


Chris Hanson

David Barker – Financial Manager

As a newly elected SDSU Veteran Alumni Chapter officer, I want to first say thank you to all who lead the charge in previous times. I know groups of this nature are powered by volunteers, and that some of the best are represented in SDSU alums. Thank you all. I look forward to helping this group meet all calls to action and giving back to SDSU. This is a path of discovery as I'm interested in learning about those veterans who have come before us and supporting those who will come after. In good Navy terms, wishing fair winds and following seas! Go Aztecs!

David Barker

Erik DeShane - Secretary

To the fellow members of the San Diego State University Veteran’s Alumni Chapter, I’d first like to thank all of you for the opportunity you have given me in letting me continue to represent you and the chapter as your secretary during this next term.  For those of you who are new to the chapter, I’d like to take a quick moment and welcome you to the chapter and introduce myself to you.  I currently am an active duty United States Air Force captain and have served as a career Security Forces officer for the last almost eight years.  In my short time in the service thus far, I have been stationed at several bases (Vandenberg AFB, CA; Lackland AFB, TX; and currently Dover AFB, DE).  I have additionally deployed twice and have had the pleasure of working with some of the finest men and women in the United States Air Force.  Prior to my Air Force service I received my undergraduate degree from SDSU in criminal justice administration (class of 2004).  I am extremely proud of being an SDSU graduate and the time I have spent in the service thus far. 

Despite all of those things, I’d have to say that the thing I am proudest of to date is the fact that I was given the opportunity to help stand up the Veteran’s Alumni Chapter back in 2009.  Since the Chapter’s official recognition on Veterans day in 2009, I as the vice president at that time truly enjoyed seeing this chapter continue to grow as one of only a small handful of officially sanctioned veteran alumni chapters in the nation and seeing how we as a chapter truly bring a unique voice to the Alumni Association and San Diego State University.  This voice is the voice of you all…the voice of the veteran.  As your secretary, I am excited and looking forward to working with my fellow chapter officers in continuing to grow the chapter and expand on the many unique perspectives and community service projects that we can bring as veterans to the SDSU Alumni Association, the university and local community as a whole.  I look forward to representing you all, the university and continuing to set the standard for veteran alumni chapters for the nation.

If at any time you need anything from me or your other chapter officers please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Thank you and here’s to making 2012 another great year for our chapter.


Erik L. DeShane, Capt, USAF


War Memorial on Aztec Green
Friday, October 7, 2011
9 a.m.  •  Coffee Social
9:30 a.m.  •  Ceremony

Veteran Alumni Scholarship Social
Friday, December 3, 2010

Robert Fikes Research Report

According to research completed in 2006 by historian and SDSU librarian Robert Fikes, almost half of those listed on the monument were pilots. Nearly a third were married and the average age at death was 25.6 years. The three youngest casualties were all age 19 and the oldest was 41. Among them are two Hispanic Americans, one Asian American, one African American, one Native American, and four who were born in foreign countries.

Fikes' research report says the monument presently "lists not only the names of alumni killed on the front lines of battle, but also those who died mostly in accidents both here and abroad while on active duty."

The research also reveals some interesting quirks in the memorial. Besides some inconsistencies in the spellings of names, Fikes found three alumni listed as dead who were still living when the monument was erected and two with no record of military service.


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Chapter LeadersEd Fletcher - President
Christopher Hanson - Vice President
David Barker - Financial Manager
Erik DeShane - Secretary

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