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Purple Heart recipient to join Lone Star College-North Harris in honoring veterans with luncheon Nov. 10

Lone Star College-North Harris will honor our nation’s veterans at a Veterans Day luncheon on Thursday, Nov. 10 from noon to 2 p.m. in the college’s Student Services Building Conference Center, room 208. The event is open to students, faculty and staff who have served or are currently serving our country.

The luncheon guest speaker, Charles Miles, was a paratrooper with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, stationed in the central highlands and is a combat-decorated Purple Heart recipient. Currently he manages the largest veteran transitional work program in the nation, housed at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston.

Miles is an active member in the Houston community, always ready to lend a helping hand to the local veterans. He served on the board of trustees for the Star of Hope organization for nine years, and was given a city proclamation, presented by Mayor Lee Brown, for his work feeding and serving the Houston homeless veterans community.

Miles will be recognized for volunteer service at this year’s Star of Hope Banquet, where he and his wife Melody will be honored with the George and Barbara Bush Points of Light Award, one of the highest accolades given by the Star of Hope.

“We are truly honored to have Mr. Miles speak at our Veterans Day luncheon,” said LSC-North Harris Campus Veteran Liaison Brandon Swaringim. “As a fellow veteran, he knows what it is like to have served on the front lines and the challenges that many face transitioning back into civilian life. Mr. Miles has played a pivotal role in serving veterans in our community, and with Lone Star College being one of the top community colleges in the nation that serve veterans, it is important to show our support and gratitude to those who selflessly serve our country.”

The mission of Lone Star College’s Veterans Affairs program is to lead in the educational achievements of military veterans and those military-affiliated student populations – to continue to engage in mentorship and professional development of those who have and continue to serve and sacrifice for liberty and freedom.

Lone Star College has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School for the third year in a row. LSC was selected from a nationwide list of more than 10,000 schools by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business connecting the military and civilian worlds. LSC was recognized for exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting post-military students and received high marks for diversified services, manufacturing and transportation.

Each LSC campus has a Veterans Services liaison to help veteran students and eligible dependents with services including a centralized processing center for the certification of education benefits.

For more information about the Veterans Affairs department at LSC-North Harris, call 281.765.7880 or visit LoneStar.edu/Veterans-Affairs.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 98,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

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