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The third annual Veterans Resource Center Appreciation Luncheon and Resource Fair is going to be held tomorrow from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Valle Verde cafeteria annex.
This free luncheon is solely for student veterans who are currently enrolled at EPCC.
The resource fair is available to both student veterans and family veteran dependents.
“This event is meant to offer appreciation for the sacrifices our veterans have made and offer information and awareness about organizations which can help,” Assistant Director of Veterans Resource Center, Tanya Rico said.
At this event, student veterans will notice a table of honor and valor known as the “missing man” table which can be seen at any dining facility on a military installation.
The table is a tribute to veterans who are Prisoners of War or Missing in Action (POW/MIA).
Several organizations will be present at this event and may be able to answer any questions.
In attendance will be Family Endeavors, an organization dedicated to helping veterans overcome homelessness, financial struggles, rent, utilities and acquiring VA benefits, My HealtheVet, another organization dedicated to helping veterans with health and VA benefits, Project Arriba, VA Health Clinic and the EPCC Veterans Resource Center (VRC).
The VRC is little over a year old and it is designed to assist student veterans attending EPCC and it is still growing.
“It is meant to be a one-stop shop where student veterans are able to apply for school, the GI Bill or Hazelwood, receive academic advisement and register,” Rico said.
A student veteran who served 10 years, and another who served for four years had similar experiences and difficulties entering the civilian world and becoming students.
According to them, they knew it was essential to move forward in education, but the strictness of training in the military did not prepare them for the leisure and flexibility of civilian life.
The Veterans Resource Center would like to eventually open a second location at another campus where student veterans can find a “green zone.”
In other words, a safe place to be a student-veteran and converse with other veterans about life, student life and the next steps forward.