Veterans Chapel

Veterans Chapel 2015

Come join us for this 4th Annual tradition -

Thursday, April 16
8pm | Needham Chapel

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

Chapel credit will be offered.

Brian Burlingame
Vanguard University Veterans Center coordinator
(714) 668-6124 |

Event hashtags – #vuVeterans #vuChapel



April 16 lecture

Bob Martin Lecture

The Vanguard Veterans club joins the VU Forum and Rise Club (other Vanguard students clubs) in remembering Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Join us in this special information meeting to learn more…

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Perspectives on Sexual Assault and Its Prevention
with Bob Martin, Law Enforcement

9:30AM | Heath 109
Campus Map


April 16 lecture

Denim Day

Denim Day 2015

Denim Day The Vanguard Veterans club joins the VU Forum and Rise Club to participate in Denim Day on Thursday, April 23.

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, these clubs are inviting the Vanguard community to wear their denim as a symbol of protest against the destructive attitudes about sexual assault. Vanguard serves to protect its students. Our campus would like to embody its violence-free environment by making a rise against injustice.


Make a social statement, and wear denim for justice!


Denim Day poster

US News

U.S. News & World Report Announces Vanguard University in Top 12 Best Colleges, #5 for Veterans Schools

US News


U.S. News & World Report released the 30th edition of its leading Best Colleges rankings, measuring academic excellence. Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA holds onto its spot in the top 12 Best Colleges in the West, with a new #5 ranking for Best Regional College in the West for veterans.

The 2015 edition of Best Colleges includes data on nearly 1,800 schools nationwide to help parents and students navigate their college and university options. Eligible schools are ranked on up to 16 measures of academic excellence such as graduation and retention rates…

Click here to read the official press release.

Thanks to The Daily Pilot for featuring this great recognition as well.


Brian Burlingame
Veterans Coordinator
(714) 966-5447 |

2015 MFS2

Vanguard University Named to 2015 Military Friendly Schools List

2015 MFS2

Vanguard University announced that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.

Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities…

Click here to read the official Press Release.

Brian Burlingame
Veterans Coordinator
(714) 966-5447 |

Toy Drive

Big Warriors for Little Warriors Christmas Toy Drive

Toy Drive


Dear faculty and staff,

As of today The Vanguard Veterans Club will kick off our annual Big Warriors for Little Warriors Veterans Christmas Lego drive to support our military kids that are battling cancer at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

For this year’s toy drive we will have 10-12 boxes distributed throughout the campus.  These will be located in Scott 1st floor by Admissions, 2nd floor near Veterans Resource Center and SPS, Needham Chapel, Heath 1st floor in lobby area, Smith 1st floor by the reception desk, lobby area of the Towers dorms, the CAF, IT lobby and the Library. If additional locations are needed or if your location box is full and needs to be picked up and replaced, please contact Veterans Coordinator Brian Burlingame, at (714) 966-5447, or; or Veterans Club President Mike Sudan, at (714) 668-6124, or  All donations must be in by December 10th, in order for processing by Christmas, so don’t delay.   If you are not comfortable placing gift cards or checks into the envelope provided with the box, please bring them to the Veterans Resource Center.  I have a log sheet to keep track of the donations.

This event means a lot to our Student Veterans Club, Veterans in the surrounding area, and most important our Little Warriors who don’t ask for anything, except that we show we CARE, as each of them and their families battle life’s most difficult times.

Vanguard family, let’s “Make a Difference” in the life of a hospitalized Little Warrior today!

Blessings and Semper Fidelis!

Brian Burlingame
Veterans Resource Coordinator
(714) 966-5447 |


Vanguard Honors its Veterans


A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17


At the young age of 18, Marine Infantry Machine Gunner Mike Sudan experienced things in combat that men twice his age would have struggled with. To cope, he turned to his faith: “One of the special things we did was pray as a squad before leaving the wire. That simple one minute prayer lifted the mission up to God. While we knew what was required each and every time, some things are indeed out of our control. Having God in my corner carried some of the weight I felt.” While deployed to Southeast Asia and Helmand Province in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Mike lost several fellow Marines who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. “I believe fellowship through similar experiences is one the most powerful forces we can have in this life. The most positive thing that I took from the Marine Corps was the sense of brotherhood and camaraderie I still have with the Marines I served with.”


Mike.Service560After Mike reentered civilian life, he directed his attention to the next chapter and enrolled at Vanguard University to earn his degree in psychology. As a full participant in the Yellow Ribbon program, Vanguard offers tuition assistance to veterans as a supplement to the GI Bill allowing many veterans to graduate without debt.


One of the unique aspects of VU’s program is the Veterans Resource Center (VRC) located on campus in the Scott Center. The VRC offers veteran students a dedicated space to study, use of the Center’s computers, and a textbook lending program so they can avoid the high costs of purchasing textbooks. Mike is currently serving as President of the Veterans Club and is very grateful for the community’s ongoing financial investment in veterans education at VU. “This continued support allows veterans to harness their skills in an environment that is second to none. Rest assured that we are grateful for the opportunity to pursue these endeavors.


“I hope other veterans can experience the impact the fellowship of Vanguard’s veteran community has had on me,” says Mike. “I have built lasting friendships that I hope to carry throughout my life. If this can be one of God’s many tools in helping veterans, I hope many more can experience it.”


 Give Now to Honor a Veteran

In recognition of Veterans Day and the sacrifices that have been made for our freedom, we invite you to make a gift to the Through These Doors campaign to honor a special veteran in your life. When you support this campaign for the Scott Center renovation, you’ll be helping to support the expansion of the Veterans Resource Center. Gifts of $100 or more will be included on a special recognition display in the building and thanks to a generous donor, all gifts will be matched up to $120,000. Click here to make a gift.

Invitation Nov 8 event

Santa Ana Library

Invitation Nov 8 event




The Santa Ana Public Library cordially invites you and a guest to attend the opening ceremony of the exhibit, Our Veterans, Our Communities,  on Saturday, November 8th at 6 pm.  The Exhibit honors the men and women who gave their youth, and often their lives, to protect our nation.  You will be able to travel through history as you listen to their voices and view memorabilia, photographs, artifacts, and journals from our veterans. 


We hope that you and your guest will join us in honoring the courage and sacrifice of our veterans and enjoy an evening with fellow veterans and friends.


RSVP is required by November 1, 2014.  Please contact Milly Lugo-Rios at or call her at 714-647-5271 to confirm your attendance.  Attached is your personal invitation.  I hope that you can join us!


Milly C. Lugo-Rios

Sr. Librarian – Adult Services

Santa Ana Public Library

26 Civic Center Plaza

Santa Ana, CA  92701

Tel:  714-647-5271


Operation Christmas Child

Alex Nsengimana is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide that took place back in 1994, when almost a million of his countrymen lost their lives. He vividly remembers his uncle and grandmother being brutally killed right in front of his eyes by his own neighbors when he was about 6. The rest of Alex’s story will amaze you, and give you a new perspective on what it means to forgive.He is coming to Vanguard on Thursday, November 6 and we are having a special chapel in the Heath lecture hall from 930 to 1020 AM! Everyone is invited.



Veterans Discount

FantasiaKick 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 2 at 8pm in the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

We are offering our VETERANS a 25% discount to attend. This would be a great way to celebrate the Christmas season together!


For more information about Christmas Fantasia, click here:


Christmas Fantasia
(714) 966-5441 |


Veterans Discount