Veterans Events

Events Roundup

May 16, 2024

Bates Tech Job Fair, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Connect with local employers, employment assistance organizations, and veterans resources. Get resume help from the Bates Library’s resume assistance webpage.

South Campus Auditorium, Building E, 2201 S. 78th, Tacoma WA 98409 – Campus Maps and Directions

Hosted by the Veterans Committee. 

Nov. 8, 2023

Veterans Day Celebration

Featuring Bates Alumnus Chris Reed

The event opened with the Rogers High School’s Army JROTC posting of the colors. College President Lin Zhou provided a heartfelt opening statement, filmed by the college’s Media Production program.

Bates alumnus and adjunct instructor Chris Reed gave an inspirational speech detailing his military service, using GI Bill benefits to transition into a skilled trade industry, and continuing as an instructor at Bates. Current students shared their stories of service and transitioning into student life after separation from the military.

May 16, 2023

Bates Tech Career and Resource Fair

Bates Tech hosted a job and resource fair with resources for our Transportation and Trades programs, Early Childcare Education program, veterans, active service members, and military families.

  • Army, Navy, and Marine recruitment
  • 30 employers, including local companies
  • Boeing, Tesla, and VA vendors
  • Trade unions from within the region

Nov. 9, 2022

Veterans Day Celebration

Featuring the Wounded Warrior Project

The event opened with the Lincoln High School’s Army JROTC posting of the colors. Associated Student Government Vice President of South Campus, Ellington Hunter, shared his story of service. A personalized message from Jennifer Jenkins of the Wounded Warriors Project was shown, detailing Jennifer’s story of caring for her brother. The Combat Veteran Motorcycle Association spoke about their community outreach.

Nov. 5, 2021

Veterans Day Celebration

Featuring Brave Buffalo Soldiers

Nov. 4, 2020

Veterans Day Celebration

Service to School: Striving for Success

More details on our Nov. 04, 2020 Newsroom Post.

Nov. 7, 2019

Veterans Day Celebration

Awesome Veterans: A Tribute to our Community

The event included a slideshow of veterans in the Bates Tech college community.

Nov. 5, 2018

Veterans Day Celebration

Featuring KBTC Public Television

More details on our Nov. 05, 2018 Newsroom Post.

Nov. 9, 2017

Veterans Day Celebration

Featuring American Lake Veterans Golf Course

More details on our Nov. 01, 2017 Newsroom Post.

Nov. 2, 2016

Veterans Day Celebration

Salute to Sacrifice: Bates’ Veterans Day celebration features JBLM command sergeant major Roy L. Rocco

More details on our Nov. 02, 2016 Newsroom Post


Helpful Links and Resources

Free, confidential support for Veterans in crisis and their families and friends. Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or text to 838255.


The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Valley Cities provides high-quality mental healthcare services accessible to all post-9/11 (including National Guard and Reserves), their families, and the families of active duty service members including spouses or partners, children, parents, siblings, caregivers, and others.


VA Puget Sound serves Veterans from a five-state area in the Pacific Northwest. We have two main divisions: American Lake and Seattle. In addition to our main medical centers, we offer services to our patients in six community-based outpatient clinics in Mount Vernon, Port Angeles, Bremerton, North Seattle, Bellevue and Federal Way


The Pierce County Veterans Bureau provides emergency assistance with food, rent and utilities to qualified indigent veterans and family members.


4916 Center St. Suite E Tacoma, WA 98409 Phone: 253-565-7038 Fax: 253-254-0079


Military & Veteran Services is a one-stop program that partners with a vast network of agencies to provide support services to transitioning Veterans and their families to achieve job placement, retention and long-term financial stability.



Hear from Ryan, a U.S. Army Veteran, and his VA counselor, Melissa. Ryan had a difficult time transitioning from the service, but with the help of guidance and professional support provided by Melissa, he was able to go back to school and graduate. Learn more about student Veterans: https://maketheconnection.net/events/students-higher-education


Veterans Yoga Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, offers free yoga classes to veterans and mindful resilience for trauma training for yoga teachers and healthcare professionals.


WDVA COVID-19 messages and status updates for family members of Veterans Homes residents. Central Office is video, phone, and email appointments only. 1-800-562-2308 or benefits@dva.wa.gov


AMVETS (American Veterans) is the nation’s most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization, representing the interests of 20 million veterans. AMVETS is open to and fighting for all who honorably served in the United States military, including the Reserve and Guard. With more than 250,000 members nationwide, we are veterans serving veterans.


Give an Hour® is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a licensed clinical psychologist. At Give an Hour we believe that within our communities we have the resources to address many of the challenges that face society – challenges that often result in emotional pain and suffering.


PTSD Coach Online is a suite of 17 tools designed to help people cope with sleep problems, sadness, anger, anxiety and other symptoms that can develop after trauma.


VetChange is a free, confidential online program to help Veterans take control of their drinking and learn to manage PTSD symptoms without using alcohol.


This video is used in the Veteran Administrations Anger and Irritability Management (AIMS) Course.


Coaching Into Care. 30K likes. Returning home can be a tough adjustment, and loved ones can help. Coaching Into Care offers free coaching to help you help your Veteran. Give us a call:…


Many veterans quietly battle invisible injuries including post-traumatic stress and substance use disorder. A group of veterans, ranging from a Google employee to a retired general, share their unique perspectives on the importance of asking for help and support.