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Battle Buddy Center dedicated at SUNY Sullivan


Quaintaince, left and Quirini, right. Center is Asst. Prof. Rob Eiler, who prepared the
application for the $10,000 grant


Veterans have a comfortable place for camaraderie

LOCH SHELDRAKE – A place for students, who happen to be veterans and in need of some camaraderie, is open for business on the SUNY Sullivan Campus. The Battle Buddy Center was dedicated during a brief ceremony Monday afternoon.

Interim college President Jay Quaintance said SUNY Sullivan’s support of veterans includes several different activities on campus.

“We’re fortunate that we have a veterans’ club that meets weekly, to provide opportunities to share and to work with each other in being students,” Quaintance said.  “And, we have recently been accepted into the federal work-study program, which allows us to hire veteran students to help us recruit other veterans to study here at the college.”

SUNY Sullivan’s Battle Buddy Center is the latest of several such installations on campuses across New York.  They are operated by the New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc, which provided $10,000 for this center.

NYSID outreach and communications specialist Paul Quirini said this is one part of a much larger mission of giving back to veterans who have given so much for their country and community.

“This idea of helping and sharing is the basis for our Battle Buddy Centers,” Quirini said.  “The military concept for of a Battle Buddy partners soldiers to assist each other both in and out of combat.  This Battle Buddy Center represents collaboration among NYSID, SUNY Sullivan, Sullivan ARC, Sullivan Industries and New Hope Community Inc.”

The Battle Buddy Center is a former classroom now equipped with comfortable reclining chairs, computer stations and a kitchenette. 

 


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