May 1, 2013

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Battle Buddy Center dedicated at SUNY Ulster

Torres: "... relax, unwind ... "

STONE RIDGE – There were recruitment activities outdoors as the military services sought students and future grads from SUNY Ulster.

`Inside and nearby in Vanderlyn Hall, they dedicated a space to help veterans and current military members with their academic studies.

The Battle Buddy Center is a small study room adjacent to the campus bookstore, and it was dedicated so these current and former military members can meet their academic obligations.

“While they are studying, they have a place to relax, unwind and be able to meet other military veterans, to work together and succeed,” said Manuel Torres, the veteran services coordinator at SUNY Ulster. “There's a huge veteran population, and we want to make sure we provide the services so they are successful.”

As the wars in the Middle East continue to wind down and service members return home, Torres wants to ensure the past treatment of veterans does not repeat itself as they try to better their lives to compete in a civilian economy.

“I myself am a veteran, and I didn't have these services. I find this is a very important tool for succeeding,” said Torres.



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