Created: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:37:00 MST
Updated: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:24:34 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Student Veterans Association at Colorado Mesa University is providing a new space for veterans on and off-campus. The Veteran Lounge at Houston Hall was unveiled Thursday, where dozens gathered for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The SVA said this is an additional step to support veterans transitioning from a military lifestyle to a student lifestyle.
“Our ultimate goal is to be able to see any veteran that comes to CMU to graduate with a degree, and get out there and get a decent job,” said SVA President Barry Teeple.
CMU Junior Billy Gaston served in the Army and is already taking advantage of the area. "I like the fact that they have a lot of resources, like they were saying earlier, for us to succeed. Really, that's encouraging to keep you going through school, and you meet vet friends and stuff," Gaston said.
The SVA says its mission is to provide support and resources for veterans to succeed in higher education and beyond. It says it believes the lounge will achieve that in addition to providing peer-to-peer mentoring, networking opportunities, and camaraderie.
The lounge is on the first floor of Houston Hall in room 110-A. It will be open Monday-Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and staffed by a student veteran, or a veteran in the community.
If you would like to learn more about the Student Veterans Association, click here.