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November 12, 2013

NYSID Dedicates Newest Battle Buddy Center at Columbia-Greene Community College

Category: General — NYSID @ 4:11 pm

NYSID participated in the grand opening and dedication of a Battle Buddy Center on the campus of Columbia-Greene Community College (C-GCC) in Hudson on Veterans’ Day, November 11 — the fifth such location which NYSID has supported.

Pictured l-r: Jim Haggerty, NYSID veterans' consultant and Congressman Gibson's 19th Congressional District veterans director; Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO; Andy Grosso, NYSID vice president of business development; Ian Palmateer, C-GCC's Student Veteran Club president; Congressman Chris Gibson, 19th Congressional District; and Kevin Kropp, C-GCC's Veterans Affairs Task Force Committee chair

Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-19) joined Ron Romano, NYSID’s president & CEO; James Campion, C-GCC’s president; and active duty military, veterans and a local Color Guard to commemorate the opening.

C-GCC’s Battle Buddy Center was made possible through grant funding from NYSID and support from Coarc in Mellenville and Ulster-Greene ARC in Kingston.

NYSID will provide funds over a three-year period to purchase technology, furnishings, equipment and other enhancements for the Battle Buddy Center. The room will bolster the student veteran experience by encouraging academic and personal achievement, providing information specific to their status as veterans, and creating a common ground for them to associate with one another.

Battle Buddy Centers are based on the military concept of a “Battle Buddy,” which partners soldiers to assist each other both in and out of combat.

In addition to C-GCC, NYSID has participated in the opening of Battle Buddy Centers at the following locations: SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge; Hudson Valley Community College in Troy; Fedcap Rehabilitation Services in New York City; and Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango.

“We recognize that creating educational and employment opportunities for service disabled veterans and other New Yorkers who face barriers to employment is not only the right thing to do, it also improves our state’s economy and strengthens our communities,” said Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO. “Based upon the current veteran population and the anticipated growth of veterans’ programs and services on campus, NYSID is pleased to collaborate with C-GCC, Coarc and Ulster-Greene ARC in the opening of this Battle Buddy Center.”

A plaque and NYSID’s new sign that will adorn C-GCC’s Battle Buddy Center and others across New York State

In that spirit, NYSID designed a new logo for its Battle Buddy Centers that was unveiled on Veterans’ Day. The logo depicts silhouettes of three soldiers in combat gear, underneath the NYSID logo after which it is modeled. The words “Battle Buddy Center” appear across the three soldiers, while the phrase “Supporting veterans across New York State” is written at the bottom.

This sign will be featured prominently at C-GCC’s Battle Buddy Center, as well as NYSID’s other Battle Buddy Centers across New York State.

“NYSID supports Columbia-Greene Community College, its Veterans Affairs Task Force and Student Veteran Club in assisting veterans achieve success personally, academically and professionally,” Romano said. “On behalf of NYSID’s board of directors, management and staff, we thank Columbia-Greene Community College for expanding veterans’ outreach, employment opportunities and education initiatives. And we salute our veterans for their patriotism and valor on Veterans’ Day and every day.”


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