SUNY Oswego opens new Battle Buddy Center for Veterans
OSWEGO, N.Y. -- In honor of Veterans Day SUNY Oswego has opened a special center to help support Veterans during school. It's called the Battle Buddy Center and serves as a community space that allows other veterans to connect with each other and find the resources they need to succeed in life after the military.
This Veterans lounge has served as a place for students who have protected our freedom to come together on the SUNY Oswego campus.
There are 150 past and present military students on campus and David Mulia is one of them. He served in the Navy for four years starting at the age of 18 and says that the transition to college life can be difficult. "Once you leave the military you don't really find that with civilians, as much as that brotherhood with military," says Mulia
However, with the help of a $10,000 donation by New York state Industries for the Disabled, this lounge is now the Battle Buddy Center and it's the 12th one across the state.
While this room will be improved to help make Veteran students feel at home, much of the money will go to enhance programs helping student veterans find careers. This new Battle Buddy Center is also a place where ROTC students can have a conversation or make a new friendships with a student who has already served.