Students Veterans of America (SVA) recently announced the award of $7,000 to Delta College in the form of gift cards from The Home Depot.
To ensure more student veterans have access to campus veteran centers, SVA and The Home Depot Foundation have awarded grants that allow 50 SVA chapters across the country to build or renovate space. This year’s grantees received up to $10,000 each totaling $422,747 in grants given to student veterans. Recipients span the nation from California to New York.
The transition from military service to classroom can be a significant challenge, and one key in success is having a center on campus where veterans can get access to school resources, study, and connect with other veterans on campus.
The Delta College Military Association (DCMA) and Beth Alford, Coordinator of Veteran Services, wrote the grant proposal to move the Veteran Services Office which is currently in the Registrar’s Office to the current Student Veteran Center in Delta’s lower level to create a “one- stop-shop” for veterans where they can apply for benefits, complete the GI Bill process, study or just visit with other student veterans. Most of the funds will be used to create a new and inviting veterans lounge complete with new furniture, an improved resource area and computer work stations.
“Veteran centers on college campuses have a huge positive impact on student veteran success,” said Alford. “Since many veterans commute to school, have jobs, or juggle other responsibilities, having a place on campus to connect to other veterans and resources can be invaluable.”
Currently there are about 300 students using their military educational benefits to attend Delta College.
SVA and The Home Depot Foundation launched the Vet Center Initiative in 2014 as part of SVA’s mission to provide veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.
For more information Delta College or its veteran services, visit delta.edu/veterans- services or contact Beth Alford, Coordinator of Veteran Services, firstname.lastname@example.org or 989-686-9303.