Veterans Chapel

VetsChapel.groupOn April 6, 2016, the Vanguard University Veterans Center hosted their annual Veterans Chapel event!

It was great to hear from student speaker Justin Blankenship on how he grew up, joined the Army, and enrolled in the Kinesiology program at Vanguard University. Every person has a unique story, and it’s something that you cannot take away from someone. This is why I personally love Vanguard University’s motto “Your Story Matters” because it truly does matter.

The Veterans Chapel is also a great place to network and meet other Veterans who are students, Faculty/Staff, and alumni here at Vanguard University.

Special thanks to Captain Thomas Gorla, Colonel David Fey and Scott Williams — members of the Freedom Committee of Orange County — for coming out to support our Vanguard Veterans.

I want to especially thank Brian Burlingame (VU Veterans Resource Coordinator), the Veterans club, and the Vanguard community for providing refreshments, special music, and decorations for the event. Without any of these people, these Veteran events would not happen.

Everyone is welcome to come to our Vanguard University Veterans events! Whether you’re a Veteran yourself or just want to show your support, we invite you to join us.

Semper Fidelis,
Jordyn Salter



Introducing: Jordyn Salter

Jordyn.friendHi, my name is Jordyn Salter! I am from Phoenix, Arizona and currently a Junior at Vanguard University. My major is Business Marketing, and I will graduate Spring 2017.

On March 23, 2009 I joined the Marine Corps as a 0621 Field Radio Operator. After completing boot camp, Marine Combat Training, and The Field Radio Operators course, I was sent to my first duty station in Camp Pendleton, CA serving with 1st Marines HQ/CO Communications Platoon. In 2010-2011, I was deployed to Afghanistan in Helmed Providence as the Regimental Air Officers radio operator. After my deployment, I set a goal to use my GI Bill benefits to play college baseball. I was honorably discharged in 2013.

Transitioning from the military back to being a civilian was very challenging. I knew there was much more to life that was bigger than myself. On January 29, 2013, I decided to make Jesus my Lord and Savior and was baptized. I started my first semester of school at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, CA. I played baseball for Golden West that summer and fall, but after some additional cuts, they decided to let me go. It was heartbreaking to be cut, but the Lord knew what I had needed… because that’s when I heard about Vanguard University.

Thomas Tatchi, a friend from my church Christ Church of Orange County, suggested that I check out his college in Costa Mesa, which was 10 minutes from where I lived. He offered to introduce me to Coach Rob Pegg and Jordan Moak of the Vanguard University Baseball team. They immediately made me feel welcome and invited me to a team practice. As I continued to sharpen my athletic skills and play baseball, I unfortunately got injured with a pulled hamstring and fractured foot. My heart and soul wanted to play, but I felt my body struggling to recover. I decided to hang up my cleats and focus on pursuing a degree in Business Marketing.

What I appreciate about being a student at Vanguard University is how welcoming and accommodating everyone is. The Veterans Center has made transitioning back into civilian life much easier. All the faculty and staff care and show love to the students.


Vanguard University to me is not a place to just go to school.
Vanguard is my home because it truly embodies COMMUNITY on-campus.


My plans after I graduate are to get my Real Estate license and pursue a Master’s in Finance. I hope to help other service members with their finances and fulfill their dreams of buying a home. My long-term goal would be to develop apartment complexes that service member families can rent at a low cost as they transition back into civilian life.

Through all of my own challenges, I want to continue to give back and help my fellow Veterans! Thanks for reading my story.

Semper Fidelis,
Jordyn Salter


2016 Veterans Chapel

Justin.AwardCome join us for this annual Vanguard University Veterans Center tradition -

Wednesday, April 6
8pm | Needham Chapel

Speaker – Justin Blankenship: Vanguard University Department of Kinesiology major, Army Veteran, and VU Veterans Social Media

… Come to the Needham Chapel courtyard at 7:30pm for a time of fellowship. Veterans, you are welcome to wear your Military uniforms too!

**Chapel credit will be offered.**

Brian Burlingame
Vanguard University Veterans Center
(714) 966-5447 |

Event hashtags – #vuVeterans #vuChapel




Veterans Spotlight: Jonathan McCarthy

Jonathan.boat560My name is Jonathan McCarthy! I am from La Mirada CA and currently a Junior at Vanguard University. My major is Biology, and I am excited to complete complete my degree in three semesters.

I served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic. I served in the U.S. Army for two years before being injured in a training accident and was medically separated.

I heard about Vanguard University through my wife, who received her undergraduate degree here in Developmental Psychology. I was able to come on-campus and meet some of the VU  Science faculty and fell in love with the friendly atmosphere. The small community really did speak to me.

What I appreciate about being a student here is the access to my professors and upperclassmen. The willingness of my fellow classmates to work together to solve problems. The Vanguard Veterans Center is also a great place for studying and connecting with fellow Veterans and traditional undergraduate students.

Since being appointed Veterans Club president, my overall goal for the club would be to better integrate Veterans into Vanguard University campus life. We hope to achieve this by hosting events and encouraging Veterans to engage with other students. Service should not deny the Veterans population the ultimate college experience. In addition, I would like to expand traditional undergraduate involvement  in the Veterans organization.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Jonathan McCarthy
Vanguard University
Veterans Club President


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Work-Life Transitions Workshop

We invite ALL Veterans to participate in this upcoming event!Saturday, February 20
9am-12pm | Cost is FREEVanguard University campus: 55 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626Highlights include -

  • Resume help, interview skills, skill & career assessments
  • Workshops on stress management, education for success, and veteran services
  • Recruiter meetings with Staffing Solutions
  • Special presentation from Working Wardrobes

For more information and to RSVP:


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On-Campus Student Resources

Vanguard University STUDENTS, we have so many resources available to you!

Accounting Office
Career Services
Disability Services
Financial Aid Office
Outtakes (Campus Convenience Store)
Professional Studies
Registrar’s Office
Samson’s Cafe
Tutorial Center
Veterans Resource Center
Writing Center




2015 Toy Drive THANKS

Vets.ToysTHANK YOU Vanguard University Faculty, Staff, and Students!


Our Vanguard Veterans “Big Warrior for Little Warrior Christmas Toy Drive 2015” was a huge success thanks to each of YOU who contributed to this year’s drive. These Little Warriors truly are remarkable and their spirit is contagious!


This year, our Semper Fi Santa (dressed in a desert camouflage Santa outfit), a number of Vanguard Veterans and family, Chelsea Galusky – VU Social Media Specialist, and Lesly – Veterans Center student worker went to CHOC Hospital to deliver toys and bring JOY to these brave little Warriors. We partnered with MaxLove Project and several other local non-profits to provide a day of free toys, Christmas crafts, and healthy food for patients and their families in the CHOC lobby.


Due to the generosity of the VU community, we were able to bless kids in the main CHOC cancer department and transfusion center with many toys, socks, blankets, and other items that truly put a smile on their face. I think we helped them forget, even if for a brief moment, their current struggles allowing them to just be kids!


Our Little Warriors don’t ask for anything. I simply asked our VU volunteers to show we CARE, as each of them and their families’ battle life’s most difficult times.


VU Family, you really blessed each of these families! They greatly appreciated what your donations. You totally made a difference in the lives of hospitalized Little Warriors this Christmas.


**To see photos from our December 18 event, please Like our Vanguard University Veterans Center Facebook page.**


Blessings and Semper Fidelis!

Brian Burlingame

Vanguard University Veterans Coordinator



Thank you Vanguard University of Southern California and Vanguard University Veterans Center!

You are all so amazing, modeling the way with love and a deep commitment to serving others!

– MaxLove Project -


Christmas Fantasia: Veterans Discount

Fantasia choir

Kick off the Christmas season with us!

Enjoy favorite carols and breathtaking masterpieces performed by Vanguard University’s 200-member choirs and orchestra on Tuesday, December 8 at 8pm in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

We are offering our VETERANS enewsletter subscribers a special discount to attend. This would be a great way to celebrate the Christmas season together!




Veterans Chapel – Fall 2015

Come join us for this annual Vanguard University Veterans Center tradition -

Tuesday, November 3
8pm | Needham Chapel

Speaker: Paul Turgeon, Marine Corps Veteran and Director of Vanguard University Campus Public Safety

… Come to the Needham Chapel courtyard at 7:30pm for a time of fellowship. Veterans, you are welcome to wear your Military uniforms too!

**DOUBLE Chapel credit will be offered.**


Click here to RSVP to our Vanguard Veterans Center Facebook event.

Brian Burlingame
Vanguard University Veterans Center
(714) 966-5447 |

Event hashtags – #vuVeterans #vuChapel