GW VALOR Celebrates the Lives of Fallen Soldiers on Veterans Day

GW VALOR, accompanied by a host of veteran supporters, remembered the dedication and sacrifice our beloved fallen soldiers gave to defend our nation through their annual Veterans Day Wreath Laying this past November 11th.


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VSI Coordinator Blake Lovelace Honored with First Ever Veterans Service AmeriCorps Pin

Watch GW’s own Blake Lovelace, acting Veteran Service Initiative Coordinator, receive the first ever Veterans Service AmeriCorps Pin presented by the Director of AmeriCorps, Mr. Bill Basl

Blake vimeo VSI pic

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2015 Veteran Day of Service Recap!

On behalf of The George Washington University and its partners, including Washington region veteran service organizations, we would like to offer a collective ‘Thank You’ for your service this past Veteran Day of Service on Oct. 17, 2015. 

In addition to bringing together a coalition of student veterans, businesses, non-profits and government organizations, the day of service accomplished many good and tangible deeds towards improving the quality of life for Veterans battling homelessness and/or navigating the transitional assistance process.  Thanks to your service, veterans were able to return to rehabilitated spaces in which their most critical needs are being serviced.


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If you have not done so already, there is only 1 week left to register for GW’s 3rd Annual Veterans Day of Service, so please be sure to REGISTER HERE before the Oct. 15th deadline!!


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Veteran Day of Service Registration is Officially Live!

WP Registration Post

Click Here to Register as an Individual or Group Participant

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Jumpstart & VSI Team Up to Volunteer at a Local Daycare


Last month, the Veteran Service Initiative teamed up with Rochelle Yancy of GW’s Jumpstart program to volunteer their time and services at a local Washington, DC daycare. The Developing Families Center of Northeast was extremely delighted to have student veteran, Matthew Basista, and VSI Coordinator, Blake Lovelace, volunteer their time landscaping the children’s playground in preparation for the Freshman Day of Service event. The daycare will be receiving a completely upgraded playground for the toddlers on September 12th when GW’s incoming freshman class returns to the site to replace the aging weeds with a brand new rubberized surface top.

Please be sure to check out the VSI Facebook page for a detailed look at the completed service project!


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GW’s Veteran Service Initiative and the Travis Manion Foundation Meet to Discuss Partnership Opportunities

The Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service’s Veteran Service Initiative met with representatives from the Travis Manion Foundation to discuss a potential long-term partnership to support the women and children of fallen soldiers through civic activism.


From left to right: Hugo Lentze, Blake Lovelace, Victoria Pridemore, Molly Boyle, and Charles Basden


From left to right: Amy Cohen, Molly Boyle, Hugo Lentze, and Charles Basden

Stay tuned for more details as to how the Travis Manion Foundation and GW’s Veteran Service Initiative will be partnering for future events!

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The George Washington University’s Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service is extremely happy to announce that we will be re-launching the Veteran Service Initiative this upcoming 2015-16 school year. We will be reconstructing many of the previous signature service projects, like the Veterans Day of Service, but will also be introducing a variety of new initiatives as well to cater to all veterans’ needs and issues. If you have stumbled upon our blog, we insist that you stay for a bit to learn a lot about the George Washington University’s efforts on promoting civic engagement and our support of reintegrating veterans back into the classroom and civilian life. Please be sure to check back with us frequently to receive new updates about service projects and to register for any public service event you may be interested in. Be sure to also follow us on our Facebook page to learn more about the Veteran Service Initiative!

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VSI Hosts Over 100 Volunteers for Veteran Day of Service 2012


VSI volunteers and community members of the DCPNI

On Saturday, April 14, 2012 over 100 volunteers from civilian and military affiliates of 10 different colleges and universities, joined members of the Pat Tillman Foundation, Team Rubicon and The Mission Continues for Veteran Day of Service in Washington, D.C.  Beginning on George Washington University’s campus and hosted by GW’s Veteran Service Initiative, the event was kicked off by Sgt. Major Bryan B. Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before participants departed to four service sites around the city.  Remarks were also made by the Veteran Service Initiative, Team Rubicon, The Mission Continues, Pat Tillman Foundation and HSC Foundation detailing their missions and how students could get involved with their programs.

Spread out over five blocks, volunteers worked side by side with members of the community in Northeast DC’s Kenilworth-Parkside community, in an effort to support the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative.  Activities ranged from cleaning, repairing and repainting a childcare center, cleaning out a creek and replanting flowers throughout the community.  Another bus of volunteers went north to clean up Langdon Park in conjunction with the Department of Parks and Recreation for the location’s summer preparation.  Volunteers were excited to report that they were joined by neighborhood children who had never done community service before, but wanted to help them clean up their community.  Lastly, a dozen participants went to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors‘ headquarters to help them prepare for their upcoming National Gala and National Seminar.

After a long day of service, all volunteers returned to campus for a reception hosted by the HSC Foundation and Northrop Grumman.  Student veterans were able to meet their local peers and new connections were made, which will surely strengthen the Washington DC Metropolitan area veterans’ community.  Participants arrived from American, Georgetown, George Mason, GW, Maryland, Marymount, Loyola, Howard and other local colleges.  Many student veterans left the event with new friends and an excitement about the potential of work local student veterans can accomplish in the DC area.


Sgt. Major Bryan B. Battaglia and representatives from The Mission Continues, Team Rubicon, Pat Tillman Foundation and HSC Foundation

This event served as the official launch of the Veteran Service Initiative, a new program that connects students of the military community with opportunities to serve in their communities, regardless of their university affiliation.  The VSI provides resources that can connect individuals with the service they want to provide to their community and with organizations that satisfy their personal or professional goals and interests. The program also provides consulting for large scale projects and initiatives for individuals and large veteran groups, as well as promotes social entrepreneurship through service grants that are available for student veterans.  Look back soon for the application!

To learn more about how you or your organization can be involved with the VSI, please contact us at or at 202-994-9904.

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