Editor's Note: This story was written by Southwestern College Office of Communications, Community and Government Relations.
With a Navy Band playing patriotic tunes as a backdrop, Southwestern College leadership dedicated a new Veterans’ Resource Center Tuesday that will serve as home base for counseling and technological resources for student veterans.
The converted office space will officially open next month, but plans include conference space, a private room for individual counseling, a computer lab and a lounge area for student veterans to socialize.
The dedicated resource center was a long time coming, said Governing Board President Humberto Peraza, Jr.
“I know there was talk about a center even before I became a member of the board,” Peraza said.
“There are a lot of people who made this happen, but it was because of the persistence of the student veterans."
A veterans’ resource center is Southwestern College’s commitment to the sacrifice student veterans have given to defend our country and our principles, said Superintendent/President Dr. Melinda Nish.
“They (veterans) are accustomed to a brotherhood and sisterhood where they know that somebody will always have their back,” said Dr. Nish, “That’s what this veteran’s resource center will bring to our returning veterans—a place to hang out with others who know exactly what they’ve been through.”
Student Veteran Organization President Tim Walsh, a United States Marine Corps veteran, praised Southwestern College leadership calling the new veteran center a home for heroes.
Veteran’s Service Specialist Jim Jones, a former US Marine, commended the new resource center, noting the connection each veteran has, and the need for a place for veterans to mingle.
He also said no veteran should leave Southwestern College empty handed.
“Every veteran that walks on campus at Southwestern wearing the color green should proudly walk away from our campus wearing a cap and gown,” Jones said.