Veterans’ Day event will celebrate education, employment opportunities for student veterans, in collaboration with Oswego Industries, Clear Path for Veterans
New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc., dedicated its newest Battle Buddy Center today at 12:30 p.m., Veterans’ Day, at SUNY Oswego, in collaboration with Oswego Industries and Clear Path for Veterans.
Among those scheduled to participate in the Battle Buddy Center dedication ceremony:
- Paul Quirini, NYSID outreach & communications specialist, on behalf of Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO
- Deborah F. Stanley, SUNY Oswego president
- Capt. Walter Roettger (Ret.), United States Air Force and SUNY Oswego provost
- Ed Pulaski, Oswego Industries vocational services coordinator
- Sean Walsh, Oswego Industries custodial operations manager
- Brian Knapp, Clear Path for Veterans peer support team lead
- Student veterans from SUNY Oswego
Battle Buddy Centers are safe havens for veterans to socialize with their fellow veterans and receive services they need. Based on the military concept of a “Battle Buddy,” which partners soldiers to assist each other both in and out of combat, Battle Buddy Centers offer activities to encourage camaraderie and foster veterans to give and receive mutual support.
Through this Battle Buddy Center, NYSID and SUNY Oswego provide a space for nearly 200 veteran students, National Guard/Reserve Students, active duty students and their dependents to study, socialize with one another, and receive services they need. The Battle Buddy Center will allow SUNY Oswego to continue advancing its support of student veterans by growing its existing space and expanding resources to help them accomplish their educational goals and assist them with the challenges they face post-service.
NYSID now has participated in the opening of Battle Buddy Centers at 12 locations, including:
- SUNY Oswego in Oswego
- SUNY Canton in Canton
- SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury
- Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango
- The College of Saint Rose in Albany
- Hudson Valley Community College in Troy
- Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson
- LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City
- John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City
- Westchester Community College in Valhalla
- Rockland Community College in Suffern
- SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge
NYSID’s Battle Buddy Centers have collectively hosted more than 50,000 visits by student veterans since September 2011. Battle Buddy Centers are made possible through grant funding from NYSID and support from NYSID member agencies.
About NYSID (http://www.nysid.org)
Established in 1975, NYSID is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation which creates employment opportunities for more than 7,000 New Yorkers with disabilities annually. NYSID supports job creation efforts for a diverse group of New Yorkers with disabilities through a statewide network of 121 community rehabilitation agencies and 42 private sector business partners and assists with veterans’ support programs, promoting quality of life for veterans as they reconnect to the New York State workforce.