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May 4, 2017

NYSID Collaborates With SullivanArc, New Hope Community, Inc. for SUNY Sullivan Battle Buddy Center

Category: General — NYSID @ 3:16 pm

NYSID celebrated education and employment opportunities for student veterans with the dedication of its Battle Buddy Center on May 1 at SUNY Sullivan, in collaboration with SullivanArc/Sullivan Industries and New Hope Community, Inc.

Through this Battle Buddy Center, NYSID and SUNY Sullivan will provide a space for veteran students, National Guard/Reserve Students, active duty students and their dependents to study, socialize with one another, and receive services they need.

Pictured l-r: Jay Quaintance, SUNY Sullivan interim president, accepts a $10,000 check and Battle Buddy Center plaque from Paul Quirini, NYSID outreach and communications specialist, during the May 1 dedication ceremony

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.

Among those who participated in SUNY Sullivan’s Battle Buddy Center dedication ceremony:

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

Jay Quaintance, SUNY Sullivan interim president

Ric Schwartz, SullivanArc executive director

Terry Grafmuller, Sullivan Industries director of vocational business operations

Jim Forbes, New Hope Community, Inc. executive director

Donna Fischer, New Hope Community, Inc. marketing and communications manager

Lisa Merritt-Smith, New Hope Community, Inc. director of human resources

Staff members representing U.S. Rep. John Faso (R-NY) and NYS Assemblymember Aileen Gunther (D/I/WF-Forestburgh)

Student veterans from SUNY Sullivan

Mid-Hudson News covered the standing-room-only event.

Paul Quirini, NYSID outreach and communications specialist: “NYSID employment supports a diverse group of New Yorkers with disabilities. We also assist with Veterans’ support programs, promoting quality of life for veterans as they reconnect to the New York State workforce. This idea of helping and sharing is the basis for our Battle Buddy Centers.  The military concept of a “Battle Buddy” partners soldiers to assist each other both in and out of combat. On behalf of NYSID’s Board of Directors, management and staff, we thank SUNY Sullivan, SullivanArc/Sullivan Industries and New Hope Community, Inc. and we look forward to collaborating through this Battle Buddy Center now and in the future.”

Jay Quaintance, SUNY Sullivan interim president: “SUNY Sullivan remains fully committed to providing a host of services to meet the needs of our veteran students. The NYSID Battle Buddy Center complements our other veterans’ services, including a Veterans Club, to help assure their academic and personal success. We are so pleased to have the support of so many for this worthwhile endeavor.”

Ric Schwartz, SullivanArc/Sullivan Industries executive director: “SullivanArc is pleased to be a part of such a beneficial program assisting veterans as they continue their military carriers or transition back to civilian life. We have many part-time and relief positions that offer flexible shifts and hours that may be of interest and benefit to our student veterans as they pursue their degrees.”

Jim Forbes, New Hope Community executive director: “We are honored to be collaborating with NYSID and SUNY Sullivan on the opening of this Battle Buddy Center. Through this partnership, we are proud to be supporting student veterans in receiving the services needed to succeed personally and professionally.”

NYSID’s 13 Battle Buddy Center locations include: SUNY Sullivan in Loch Sheldrake; 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; Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson; The College of Saint Rose in Albany; Hudson Valley Community College in Troy; SUNY Oswego in Oswego; SUNY Canton in Canton; SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury; and Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango.

Battle Buddy Centers have collectively hosted more than 65,000 visits by veterans since September 2011. are made possible through grant funding from NYSID and support from NYSID member agencies.

Visit our NYSID Veterans’ Resources & News page on Facebook and our Veterans’ Resources & News web page for information and photos on NYSID’s Battle Buddy Centers, Veterans’ Summits, veterans’ initiatives and more.


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