The men and women serving our country will soon have a new place to call home on the campus of Youngstown State University.
Ground was broken Wednesday for the Veteran’s Resource Center.
Carl Nunziato, co-chair of the fundraising cabinet, was there for the ceremony and said Wednesday’s groundbreaking has been four years in the making. Some thought they would never get to this point.
“The veterans are very, very involved in this,” said Nunziato. “It’s very important to them. It gives them a presence on the campus, gives them a presence in the city.”
The 6,000-square foot building will sit between the Pollock House and Melnick Hall on Wick Avenue. When the $2.5 million project is complete, it will be a one-stop shop for military students.
“They’ve never been to college before. They’re unfamiliar with the process,” said Rick Williams, YSU Office of Veteran’s Affairs. “They can come to our vet’s center, and we’ll work with them through it from A to Z. We can also help them register for classes. We have vets only classes we can offer them.”
The building also will have space to bring in veteran affairs groups to provide help in other areas not related to the university.
“It means that the veterans will have a place to call their own, and they can come here for advice, assistance and direction,” said Army veteran Peter Mihai.
The center will also bridge the gap between past veterans and those returning from service now.
“To be able to come with the young veterans of today and be able to exchange ideas and be able to take us into the 21st century,” said Veteran Service Commissioner Leo Connelly.
The Veteran’s Resource Center should be complete by fall 2014.