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Veterans Center at SWOCC to open next week

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- There's a new resource center for student veterans to help in their studies and well-being.

The Veterans Center at Southwestern Oregon Community College will open next week.

In addition to new computers, furniture, appliances, and supplies, the center is welcoming and significant in its therapeutic offerings for veterans suffering from PTSD and other disorders, the college says. "The center is also unique in that it offers a full view of the outdoor space, Henry Hansen Union Square (the quad) from inside a quiet building, creating a perfect environment for veterans to study, relax, and reconnect with fellow veterans," SWOCC officials said.

A former veteran and organizer, Marvin Heskett, wants it to be a place for comraderie.

"This room helps bring us down into one main focus and allows us to study together as one and achieve success as one." Heskett says, adding,"they owe it to themselves to see themselves successful."

The center was developed with funding received from the Campus Veteran Resource Grant Program. Southwestern’s veteran’s department renovated and remodeled Coaledo 5 and it’s now a comfortable and safe area that supports their student veterans while they fulfill their educational goals.

Student veterans and community members are invited to attend the grand opening on Tuesday, May 15, from 12-4 p.m. in Coaledo Hall, Room 5.

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