Veteran center gets substantial upgrade

The Center for Veteran Students Success opened its doors at its new location at 1860 Third St. Sept. 12. The center offers tuition assistance for military affiliated students, those who are registered as domestic partners, and dependents to these students. The new center is open 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. / photo by Ariel Torres
The Center for Veteran Students Success opened its doors at its new location at 1860 Third St. Sept. 12. The center offers tuition assistance for military affiliated students, those who are registered as domestic partners, and dependents to these students. The new center is open 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. / photo by Ariel Torres

The University of La Verne celebrated the opening of the new Center for Veteran Students Success with an open house of this month.

The new center, a considerable upgrade from the veteran students’ previous 8 by 10 office, is a small, simple house that offers educational and personal services like on-site tutoring.

Senior e-commerce major Brian Ma, a former Marine and Veterans’ Club vice president, said the center is a space where the students can do homework on new computers, use the kitchen or hang out in the back yard.

“It’s still a growing operation,” Ma said. “We’re rying to figure what’s best for the center and what services are best to offer for the student veterans.”

Center Coordinator and Army veteran Diana Towles anticipates that with an increasing number of veterans the space will be well used.

There are currently more than 200 veteran students here.

Towles added that she is looking forward to developing the new center’s outdoor space.

“It’s nice to be able to meet and correspond with veterans, with guys that have had the same experience as me, that have the same mentality,” said Christopher Livingston, senior broadcast journalism major.

Junior business administration major Mark Soto, a Marine Corps veteran, said there is  a brotherhood among veterans. They’ve had similar experiences, so they can relate to each other.

Veterans may come back with physical and emotional scars, he said.

“(The center) is like a little haven,” Soto said. “It’s nice to have somewhere where we can all congregate and relax.”

–Andrew Alonzo

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