The transition from the military to school wasn’t easy for Student Veterans Association President Amy Thrunson, but with Cal State Fullerton’s Veterans Resource Center she could rely on a place for comfort.
“I was able to find a family, a place where I could refine my leadership skills, support and so much more,” Thrunson said at the grand opening of the Veterans Resource Center’s new location Wednesday.
The Veterans Resource Center was originally located in University Hall 230, but due to a limited amount of space was moved to University Hall 244.
Jose Guevara, a former Marine and CSUF alumnus, said he was pleased with the new place for veterans on campus, as it is considerably larger and all of the resources are now located in one spot.
“This space really suits us, it really suits the population. It allows veterans to come in here, get their services, get their benefits squared away and to engage other veterans that might be going through the same issues while they transition in and out of the military,” Guevara said.
Most student veterans are between the ages of 24 and 40, with 47 percent of them having children and 47.3 percent being married. Sixty-two percent of student veterans are first-generation students, according to statistics from the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The Veterans Resource Center provides students with benefits such as priority registration, counseling and financial support through scholarships and the Veterans Financial Assistance Program, according to its website.
“The Veterans Resource Center and Student Veterans Association’s goal is to be that one-stop home for our students,” Thrunson said. “We do our best to provide them with an inclusive and supportive environment, and give them the tools and services they need to support their personal, professional and academic goals.”
The Titan Warrior Wellness Program was established by the resource center, and provides student veterans …