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Saluting Students Who Served

Ahead of Today’s Vigil at Memorial Chapel, 3 Terp Veterans Share Their Stories

By Maryland Today Staff

Collage of three Terp veterans

Images by Eric Kruszewski

Student veterans Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Luna ’22, Sgt. Luis Perez de Leon ’22 and Sgt. Hannah Boss ’23 share their perspectives as UMD honors Terps who have served this Veterans Day.

When Sgt. Hannah Boss ’23 arrived at the University of Maryland and began her transition from the Marine Corps back into civilian life, a fellow member of the Terp Vets community didn’t just get up from her seat, but literally ran to greet her.

“I knew I was in the right place immediately,” said Boss, a neuroscience major. “I know that (UMD’s veterans support system is) always gonna be there.”

Today and throughout this week, UMD is saluting that community of Terps who proudly wore the uniform through a series of virtual and in-person Veterans Week events, honoring their service to our country.

From 1-3 p.m. today, the Maryland Honor Guard and Army ROTC will remember fallen service members during the Veterans Day Vigil, held on the steps of Memorial Chapel. Other highlights this week include a virtual celebration of UMD veterans, a Netflix watch party to view the movie “The Outpost,” an axe-throwing night in Washington, D.C., and a virtual happy hour and game night.

Learn more about Boss’ story, as well as those of two fellow Terp Vets, below as they discuss what being a veteran means to them:

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