Patrick George went to a Boston Veterans Services breakfast a year ago hoping to support other vets seeking an education, but he left with an internship offer from State Sen. Michael F. Rush (D-West Roxbury).
The Suffolk senior and former Marine military veteran took the internship and worked on constituent services and political functions.
Suffolk University will be the site of the fourth annual Veterans Welcome Home Breakfast from 8:30-11:45 a.m. Thursday, March 5, in Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont St.
The breakfast aims to honor, educate, and connect veterans and their families with services available through the City of Boston and its partnering organizations.
Featured speakers are:
- Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
- Dan Trombley, chief executive officer, Boston Credit Union
- Giselle Sterling, interim commissioner, Boston Veterans’ Services
- Francisco Urena, secretary, Massachusetts Veterans’ Services
- Sen. Michael F. Rush
- Felix Arroyo, chief, Boston Health and Human Services
- Suffolk University President Norman R. Smith, who will deliver opening remarks
George grew up in Hyde Park and spent five years in the U.S. Marines before enrolling at Suffolk in 2012 through the University’s Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program. He is a majoring in government and philosophy.
Recalling his internship with Rush, he says: “It was an opportunity where I learned a lot and networked with many people.”
“I wouldn’t have left the Marines if college wasn’t an option. “I chose Suffolk because of its location in downtown Boston, and after being here for three years, I’m glad I did. I have had great professors who have given me good advice, both personally and professionally.”
As president of the Student Veterans Organization at Suffolk, George assists other veterans in tapping resources such as benefits and internship opportunities.
Like George, Law School student Melissa Chen helps other veterans in any way she can as president of the Suffolk Law Armed Services Association.
“I’m always looking for events that target veterans or any other Law School students who are interested in getting involved,” said Chen, who served six years in the Army before deciding to attend law school. .
She supports the Veterans Welcome Home Breakfast because it shows that veterans are important members of society who are not forgotten when their service ends.
“It’s an event that allows everyone to recognize the sacrifices that people in the armed forces have made on behalf of their commitment to their country,” said Chen.