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December 1, 2015

NYSID Opens Battle Buddy Center at LaGuardia Community College

Category: General — NYSID @ 3:36 pm

NYSID dedicated its 10th Battle Buddy Center at LaGuardia Community College, in collaboration with NYSID member agency Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey. Among those who participated in the November 30 Battle Buddy Center dedication ceremony:

Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO
Dr. Michael Baston, LaGuardia Community College vice president of student affairs
Stephen Clark, LaGuardia veteran services director
Linda Turner, executive vice president, human services, Goodwill Industries
Student veterans from LaGuardia

Pictured l-r: Dr. Michael Baston, LaGuardia vice president of student affairs; LaGuardia student veterans; and Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO

Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO, said: “NYSID supports job creation efforts for a diverse group of New Yorkers with disabilities through our member agencies and assists with veterans’ support programs, promoting quality of life for veterans as they reconnect to the New York State workforce. NYSID supports LaGuardia Community College and its Veteran Services Office in assisting veterans achieve success personally, academically and professionally. Based upon the current veteran population and the anticipated growth of veterans’ programs and services, NYSID is pleased to partner with LaGuardia Community College and Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey in this Battle Buddy Center.”

Dr. Gail O. Mellow, LaGuardia Community College president, said: “Since we opened our doors over 40 years ago, LaGuardia Community College has provided veterans with education, training and services they need as they transition from military to civilian life. We’re thrilled to be among the first Battle Buddy Centers in New York City, which will allow us to strengthen our support for our vets. We are enormously grateful to our partners NYSID and Goodwill Industries for this opportunity to continue to serve those who have served our country.”

Battle Buddy Centers are safe havens for veterans to socialize with their fellow veterans and receive services they need. Based on the military concept of a “Battle Buddy,” which partners soldiers to assist each other both in and out of combat, Battle Buddy Centers offer activities to encourage camaraderie and foster veterans to give and receive mutual support.

Through this Battle Buddy Center, LaGuardia Community College’s Office for Veteran Services will continue to advance more than 350 veterans, reservists, military personnel, and their families into the future. It will provide dedicated assistance in the transition from military life to academic life and on to careers.

Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey’s veteran employment program, Operation: GoodJobs, will continue to work with LaGuardia Community College to offer career assessment, individualized career planning, financial education, job placement and career advancement services. Operation: GoodJobs also offers transitional services, family support services, assistance with child care, support for spouses and other family members.

NYSID now has participated in the opening of Battle Buddy Centers at 10 locations, including:

LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City
John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City
Westchester Community College in Valhalla
Rockland Community College in Suffern
SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge
The College of Saint Rose in Albany
Hudson Valley Community College in Troy
Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson
SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury
Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango

NYSID’s Battle Buddy Centers have collectively hosted more than 30,000 visits by veterans since September 2011. Battle Buddy Centers are made possible through grant funding from NYSID and support from NYSID member agencies.

LaGuardia Community College was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all and proudly carries forward that legacy today. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia educates students through more than 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams.


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