Veterans Resource Center creates safe space for students

By Marina Gutierrez

The Veterans Resource Center provides pivotal information and a sense of unity, empowering veteran students.

Academic and mental health counseling, G.I. Bill information and career help and pathways are just some of the many services offered by the VRC.

They also have more extensive resources such as tutoring, food pantries and monetary benefits. Luis Negrete served in the United States Army and turned to the VRC for guidance on his career path. He said he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life.

With help from his counselor he was able to come up with an academic and career plan, majoring in accounting.

He was informed of his benefits for free education and how to claim them.

When veterans use the tools given to them it has a positive impact on their academic success.

There is a veterans club within the center that people may not know about.

Ephraim Rodriguez is the delegate of the Veteran’s Club for the spring semester.

“The club is more integral than the center, and targets more specific needs of its members, while the center is a general space,” Rodgriguez said.

Negrete also utilizes the benefits of the Veteran’s Club. He believes the best part about the club is connecting with other veterans in a safe environment.

“Even though we’re all from different branches we all understand each other. We all know how hard it is to go from the life we used to live and re-integrating into this life,” Negrete said.

The club is run by students and many find peace in connecting with fellow comrades.

Those who attend the center are highly encouraged to join the Veteran’s club as well.

For years the entire center was just an office. It wasn’t until 2019 when the center moved to building D7A and reached its full potential.

The new-and-improved building has multiple couches, a television and computer rooms for leisure time.

Veterans are welcome to stop and relax in between classes.

Counseling is specifically directed toward veterans and how to tend to their specific needs.

The VRC is open Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m-5:00 p.m. ,Friday from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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