-- Over 200 Student Veterans and Active Military Personnel Will Benefit from the Renovation, Made Possible by Student Veterans of America and The Home Depot Foundation --
FLUSHING, NY, July 6, 2016—Queens College will be able to enhance its already welcoming environment for student veterans with the help of an over $8,000 Vet Center Initiative grant from Student Veterans of America (SVA) and The Home Depot Foundation. The funds, which are being used to improve the veterans club space, will help purchase lounge and kitchen furniture, a computer, appliances—including a refrigerator, microwave, and Keurig coffee machine—and renovation supplies.
“We are honored and thrilled that the SVA and The Home Depot Foundation have awarded Queens College a Vet Center Initiative Grant. As a 2016 Military-Friendly® School, we pride ourselves on the attention and support we provide to our veteran students,” says Vice President for Student Affairs Adam Rockman. “With this grant we will be able to renovate the Veterans Club lounge and create a more welcoming space in which our veteran students can study, relax, connect with each other, and enjoy campus life.”
The goal of the SVA Vet Center Initiative is to build and improve veteran spaces on college campuses as a way to ease veterans’ transition from military service to the classroom. Having a dedicated area for student veterans has been a key factor in ensuring their academic success. This year’s recipients received up to $10,000 each to create or renovate existing space for student veterans. Queens College, as a Military-Friendly® School, is recognized as being a top-tier institution in providing the best opportunities for military service members and their families.
“An updated veterans lounge makes a huge and positive impact on student veterans’ success at QC. Since many veterans commute to school, have jobs, or juggle other responsibilities, having a place on campus where they can meet other veterans and access resources is invaluable,” says U.S. Marine Corps veteran Dennis Torres, Outreach Specialist, QC’s Office of Veterans Support Services.
Jagrai Singh, a specialist with the Army National Guard and QC Veterans Club treasurer, is also looking forward to utilizing the new space as a way “to connect with veteran brothers and sisters and also utilize various resources provided by Queens College.”
The SVA and The Home Depot Foundation launched the Vet Center Initiative in 2014 as part of the SVA’s mission to provide veterans with the support and advocacy they need to succeed in higher education and afterward. To date, the initiative has helped to build and improve veteran spaces on 61 campuses that serve over 30,000 veterans. By the end of 2016, 111 campuses in 40 states will have received close to $1 million, benefiting more than 53,600 student veterans.
Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Learn more at www.qc.cuny.edu
Queens College’s Veterans Support Services (VSS) is dedicated to fostering a sense of community and developing channels of communication among the college’s student veterans, military personnel, and their dependents. It enhances their experience on campus by welcoming and supporting them and recognizing the contributions they make as citizens and students. The VSS team offers academic and support services in partnership with offices throughout the college. It also provides referrals to local community and government agencies that can offer assistance with housing, medical, and mental health issues.
About Student Veterans of America
SVA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit coalition of more than 1,300 student veteran chapters, representing over 540,000 veterans in higher education nationwide. SVA’s mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy to ease their transition into higher education and leverage their military experience to launch successful careers in high-demand fields after graduation. For more information, visit us at www.studentveterans.org and follow us on Twitter @studentvets
About The Home Depot Foundation
The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families as well as aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the company’s associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work. Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $138 million in veteran causes, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers has transformed more than 25,000 homes for veterans. To learn more and see Team Depot in action, visit www.homedepot.com/teamdepot.