D.C. Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs Roundtable

MOVA’s Monthly Veteran’s Roundtable: This event aims to connect the District’s veterans with information, resources, and organizations that may be beneficial to a successful military transition. The event consists of an informal discussion that revolves around varying topics including housing, employment, healthcare, and legal services. Upon the conclusion of the discussion, all resource providers in attendance offer feedback on any topics discussed or how they can assist the veteran or their family in a positive capacity.

The goal is to source creative solutions or programs for DC Veterans!

This event will be held in a hybrid format. For those joining virtually, please ensure you are using the Microsoft Teams link instead of the WebEx link, as our hosting protocols have changed. For those joining us physically, the meeting will be held at the Marion Barry Building in Judiciary Square, 441 4th St NW, Washington DC, 20001, in Conference Room 1114. Please note that there is a security checkpoint before entering the building. This also serves as a good opportunity to connect and collaborate with other members of the DC Veteran community.

Roundtable Ground Rules

• Silence all mobile devices

• The roundtable centers on discussion and deliberation, it is not a debate

• Prepare to be an active listener

• Don’t interrupt, let others finish speaking before you begin

• Personal attacks are not acceptable, respond to the issue, not the individual.

• All participants shall conduct themselves in a dignified manner

Executive Board Meeting

Executive Board meeting to discuss old business including: Final edits to the constitution, primary means of communication, election of Finance Director, time and date of next general body meeting, and first steps for Veterans Day programming.

Meeting will be held via zoom as well.

Student Veteran’s Appreciation Day Event (November 10)

We have yet another exciting event in the pipeline! Marriott has created a wonderful Veterans Appreciation Day Event for current and recently graduated student veterans. RSVPs are requested by tomorrow but NOT later than Thursday so that they have a good headcount for seating and food. Additional details for this event are listed below:

Location: Marriott HQ in Bethesda, MD

  • Service Event for Veterans on the Rise – 10:30 – 12:30 pm – We will be packing kits for homeless vets.
  • Lunch: 1 – 2 pm
  • Speaking Event: 2 – 3:30 pm

Students are able to join any or all sessions. Additionally, if a student has work that needs to be completed, we are offering up our lobby at HQ as a working space, as well as the lobby across the street.

Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfyK9XcZE6qd2-t3X-v-ziqolvCAzk1OoyxkUsHdF6p5aIUbQ/viewform

Veterans Alumni Network Roundtable Discussion with President Burwell

Good evening AUMCC community,
We hope you all are enjoying your Halloween! We want to share the exciting news that the AU’s Veterans Alumni Network will have a special event taking place tomorrow via Zoom. This event will be a VAN Roundtable Discussion with none other than American University President Burwell!
This event will take place from 6:30-7:30pm tomorrow on 01 NOV.
“Hosted by the Veterans Alumni Network, the purpose of this event is to identify, acknowledge, and respond to issues affecting members of AU’s veteran and military-affiliated community and articulate AU’s commitment and progress to goals outlined in AU’s Plan for Inclusive Excellence. The conversation welcomes the veteran and military-affiliated community to connect with President Sylvia M. Burwell and Dr. Fanta Aw, Vice President of Undergraduate Enrollment, Campus Life, and Inclusive Excellence. This is a 1 hour zoom session moderated with a panel and community Q&A.”
The registration link for this event can be seen below. We hope as many of you as possible decide to join! Additionally, please contact esimms@american.edu if you have any questions.

SVA Census Survey

Happy Halloween AUMCC,

We hope you all are doing well and had a spooky weekend! Students Veterans of America released their Fall 2022 survey, and we would like as many of you as possible to fill it out. The results from this survey will assist the SVA in supporting its over 1,500 chapters in the network.

Please access the link below to get started! 


Opportunity with AU Votes!

We wanted to share with you all about this wonderful opportunity with AU Votes! 

To support AU students in exercising their right to vote, American University has launched this initiative in order to assist students in requesting absentee or mail-in ballots and connecting local students to in-person voting information.              

Since many of you are registered voters in your home state and state rules governing out-of-state voting can vary and be confusing, AU Votes is providing tools and practical support to take the guesswork out and streamline the process, including:

– State-by-state ballot request instructions;

– Sept 19, 20 & 21st Absentee Ballot Days    

-In-person assistance with requesting absentee or mail-in ballots @ AU in front of the Library.                                     

Receive help navigating the steps in YOUR state, AU Votes is providing supplies, postage, and notarization (if your state requires it).

-Active Duty Military Members and Overseas Citizens can apply for their ballots via www.fvap.gov. 

You must submit your request for an absentee or mail-in ballot SOON to have enough time to receive the ballot, vote, and submit by your state-authorized deadline. 

Ensure your vote counts! Stop by the library Sept 19-21 for support requesting your absentee ballot. Additionally, please visit AU Votes for more information, including a sign-up sheet to receive voting reminders and/or get involved.

AU Votes Link: https://www.american.edu/ocl/au-votes.cfm

AUMCC Important Update

We all hope you’re having a fantastic Fall semester so far. We apologize to share the solemn news that our organization has been frozen and will not be able to access funds available for all other student clubs at this time. As a result, AUMCC will not be recognized as a student organization for this year.

We found out about this news last week when the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) informed us that we did not complete our registration, and our club leadership is currently looking into the issue. We are currently working to resolve it with the university administration given that we’ve fulfilled all the required steps to recertify our organization to the best of our knowledge, much like how we have done in every year prior to this one. We will keep you all updated on the situation as we work to try and rectify this situation to the best of our ability.

In the meantime, we will continue our best to maintain and support our club’s mission which is to support American University’s military-connected students. As a chapter of Student Veterans of America (SVA), we believe it’s our greatest responsibility to ensure that we meet the unique needs of student veterans and our military-affiliated students. Not only that, but we will continue to link student veterans with resources, assistance, training opportunities, support, and social engagements to improve academic, social, emotional, and professional experiences, success, and overall well-being. Nothing will stop us from achieving this mission no matter which obstacles are emplaced in our path.

Regardless of what the future has for our club, please rest assured that we will do everything we can to represent our student veteran and military-affiliated community.

Upcoming Warrior Events Fall Navy Tailgate

We hope you all had an amazing summer break and are looking forward to a fantastic Fall semester. Our first official event of the academic year will be the upcoming Warrior Events Fall Navy Tailgate this Saturday (10 SEP) from 12 PM to 7 PM. 

The location for this event will be at the Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (LOCATED AT THE WATER TOWER) at the following address: 550 Taylor Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401. 

Lastly, we will have:

– Band: We’re Not Handsome 1:00 – 2:20pm

– Stretch’s famous BBQ, smoked on site

– Orange Crushes

– Beer Truck

– Donated Food

– Annual T-Shirts

– Donations Welcome

If you can make it, please visit our FaceBook page and click “going” (LINK BELOW)


Please feel free to let me know if anyone has any questions. We hope to see a lot of you there! 

A “Just” War Book Reading and Discussion (HYBRID EVENT featuring Professor Bill Gentile and Former Ambassador William B. Taylor)

We have exciting news to share that we’ll be co-sponsoring an event featuring Professor Bill Gentile and Former Ambassador to Ukraine William B. Taylor!

The event will be a reading from Bill Gentile’s novel Wait for Me, and will involve a discussion between him and Mr. Taylor (Vice President, Russia and Europe, US Institute of Peace; former US Ambassador to Ukraine). 

This discussion will take place on July 14th at 6pm in Bender Library, Room 150. For those who cannot make the event in-person, there will be a virtual option via Zoom as well. Please complete the registration form using the link below if you’d like to attend. 

REGISTRATION LINK: https://calendar.library.american.edu/event/9326392?_ga=2.264562255.158464184.1655818084-1624342507.1654522899