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October 24, 2017

NYSID, Saint Rose Promote Battle Buddy Centers on Forum 13

Category: General — NYSID @ 12:41 pm

Shawn Sutton is an ideal representative for NYSID’s Battle Buddy Centers and a true success story for his fellow student veterans to emulate. A U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan, Sutton graduated from Hudson Valley Community College and The College of Saint Rose and is pursuing his master’s degree in computer information systems at Saint Rose.

Pictured l-r: Phil Bayly (WNYT NewsChannel 13) interviews Paul Quirini (NYSID) and Shawn Sutton and Marty Dinan (The College of Saint Rose) during a recent edition of Forum 13, a community affairs program airing in the Capital Region

He credits NYSID’s Battle Buddy Centers at both schools with helping him focus on his studies, secure an internship and launch his career.

“When I first started taking advantage of the Battle Buddy Center at Hudson Valley and Saint Rose, I couldn’t imagine going to another school without a Battle Buddy Center,” he said.

Sutton recently appeared with Paul Quirini, NYSID’s outreach and communications specialist, and Marty Dinan, The College of Saint Rose’s director of veterans enrollment, on Forum 13 with host Phil Bayly to discuss NYSID’s Battle Buddy Centers.

Watch the Forum 13 interview.

Forum 13 is a community affairs program that airs in the Capital Region on WNYT NewsChannel 13 and WNYA My 4. The Forum 13 episode featuring NYSID and Saint Rose will air on Sunday, December  3 at 6 a.m. (WNYT) and 7 a.m. (WNYA).

Since 2011, NYSID has opened 13 Battle Buddy Centers, which have collectively hosted more than 70,000 visits by student veterans, including Saint Rose, NYSID’s first Battle Buddy Center at a private college that opened in 2015. The location represents collaboration among NYSID, Saint Rose and Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, a NYSID member agency.

“The College of Saint Rose is a shining example of all that a NYSID Battle Buddy Center can be,” Quirini said. “Shawn Sutton is a true ambassador for the Battle Buddy Center concept, bringing it from a two-year college to a four-year college and reaching out to his fellow student veterans.”

The military concept of a “Battle Buddy” partners soldiers to assist each other both in and out of combat, and NYSID’s Battle Buddy Centers serve as safe havens for student veterans to study, socialize and receive services they need.

NYSID’s Battle Buddy Center at Saint Rose is the centerpiece for all veteran and veteran dependent students on campus. This semester, Saint Rose has more than 60 veterans enrolled in classes and approximately 132 dependents.

Dinan, a 1986 graduate of Saint Rose who served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Army Reserves and New York Army National Guard, praises NYSID for its support of the Battle Buddy Center at Saint Rose.

“The Battle Buddy Center has been a focus, not only on our campus, but in the community at large,” he said. “We couldn’t do that without the resources from NYSID.”

Learn more about NYSID’s Battle Buddy Centers on our website and Facebook page.


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