WNC Veterans Club Invites New Members, Offers Resources
Student veterans have already learned the importance of working together after serving our country in the military. Now, they are applying that unselfish quality to life after their service. The Student Veterans of Western Nevada College Club has formed to enhance the college experience and success for student veterans, while fostering comradeship and cooperation among group members.
The club is focused on recruiting new members as the school year begins and wants veterans to be aware of the resources available to them on campus.
“Part of the mission of the club is to foster camaraderie that a lot of these vets don’t have anymore,” said club president Timothy Galluzi. “We also want to foster team-building.”
During his eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps, Galluzi served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. When he relocated to Northern Nevada, he didn’t know anyone.
“(The club) allows them to hang out with other vets,” Galluzi said. “There are certain things vets understand about each other that people who haven’t served wouldn’t understand.”
Galluzi estimates that there are 300 veterans attending WNC, including 60 who already are part of the club.
The club’s mission statement reflects its commitment to helping veterans improve their quality of life and education: “We have never forgotten one of the primary pillars that our service has taught us, ‘Leave no man behind,’ which is exemplified in our motto ‘Veterans Helping Veterans.’”
The WNC chapter’s affiliation with Student Veterans of America provides members with access to national level scholarship and grant programs.
In an effort to bring together veterans and assist them, the club plans a Veterans BBQ Outreach Event on Thursday, Sept. 5, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will be set up between the Cedar and Aspen buildings. Reno VA representatives are expected to be on hand. Galluzi said there are plans to bring a mobile Vet Center so veterans can enroll in the VA program on location. Student veterans can also stop by the newly renovated Veterans Resource Center, which is located in Room 327 of the Cedar Building.
“It’s a place where vets can hang out and get away from the stress of academics for a bit, or if they want to chill. There is even an Xbox,” Galluzi said.
The center will serve a variety of purposes for veterans, including:
• Access to VA benefit information
• Study area with Internet access
• Counseling services
• Student work opportunities
• Peer-to-peer tutoring and mentorship
• Gathering place for student veterans
Besides Galluzi, the club’s board of directors includes vice president Cody Hannah; secretary Michelle Grover; and treasurer pro temp Jared Franco.
For more information, call 775-445-3302, visit www.wncveterans.weebly.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press Release: August 29, 2013
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