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May 2, 2016

NYSID Supports Veterans’ Education, Employment at SUNY Canton

Category: General — NYSID @ 12:32 pm

NYSID proudly dedicated its 11th Battle Buddy Center at SUNY Canton — its northernmost location in New York State — in collaboration with St. Lawrence NYSARC.

The event coincides with the start of National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM), which provides a period encompassing both the history and recognition of our armed services with an in-depth look at the diversity of its individuals and achievements.

Through this Battle Buddy Center, NYSID, St. Lawrence NYSARC and SUNY Canton provide a space for more than 120 veteran students, National Guard/Reserve Students, active duty students and their dependents

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, NYSID, St. Lawrence NYSARC and SUNY Canton will provide a space for more than 120 veteran students, National Guard/Reserve Students, active duty students and their dependents to study, socialize with one another, and receive services they need.

Among those who participated in the April 28 Battle Buddy Center dedication ceremony:

NYS Assemblymember Addie Russell (D-Theresa) addresses attendees during the NYSID Battle Buddy Center dedication ceremony at SUNY Canton

Paul Quirini, NYSID outreach & communications specialist, on behalf of Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO

Dr. Zvi Szafran, SUNY Canton president

Daphne Pickert, St. Lawrence NYSARC CEO and executive director

NYS Assemblymember Addie Russell (D-Theresa)

James Reagan, on behalf of NYS Senator Patty Ritchie (R,C,I-Watertown)

Student veterans from SUNY Canton

Members of the Canton VFW

With an active Student Veterans Association, a full-time Military & Veterans Student Services Coordinator, and two VA funded work-study students, the SUNY Canton Battle Buddy Center will provide a much-needed space for student veterans to call their own, while remaining an integral component of the student population on campus.

The College’s Military & Veterans Services Office is adjacent to the Battle Buddy Center, increasing the office’s visibility and enabling students to utilize the services provided.

7 News/Fox 28 and the Watertown Daily Times both provided great coverage of the dedication ceremony.

 

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