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The Veterans Services Center is now located on the 4th floor of Lowell Heiny Hall, rooms 434 and 435.


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CMU Veterans Services Center moves to new home

For over two years Amanda Herron, Veteran’s Benefits and Services Coordinator, met with veterans in her cubicle located in the Registrar’s Office, but thanks to a $10,000 grant the Veterans Services Center now has a new, larger home located on the 4th floor of Lowell Heiny Hall (LHH).

“I always have ideas but I try to listen to the veterans and what they need and want, and privacy was what the majority of them wanted,” Herron said. “They wanted a personalized space; where they could feel more comfortable talking.”

This led Herron to apply for the grant this past spring. Her proposal was accepted in May and she received the grant in July.  The fairly fast grant process led to quick action on Colorado Mesa University’s part with President Tim Foster insisting the new offices open in time for the Fall 2016 incoming veteran students. With only about a month to get everything done, Foster expedited securing two new offices in LHH which was very helpful, said Herron. The grant was then used to recarpet and replace baseboards, and purchase furnishings, appliances and office supplies.

“The $10,000 grant came in gift cards to Home Depot,” Herron said. “I didn’t know that when I applied for the grant but we were able to put them to good use.”

This grant was awarded as part of a nationwide vet center initiative by Student Veterans of America and The Home Depot Foundation.  This year, 50 colleges and universities were awarded grants up to $10,000 depending upon their specific needs.

Along with the move and expansion, the Veterans Services Center will also house a new program called Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE). Started Fall 2016, this program assigns a peer advisor to every new veteran on campus.  The peer advisor assists in the challenging transition from military life to college life. 

“First semesters are very, very hard on them (veterans),” said Herron. “Advisors are there to try and keep them going, since we will lose quite a bit after the first semester.”

Currently there are about 400 veterans and dependents (including wives and children) attending CMU with 130 of those being new this fall.

For more information, stop by LHH 434 and 435 or call 970.248.1739.

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