A place of refuge for Veterans

Quezia Salgado,
Staff Writer, Boca Raton Campus

Palm Beach State College’s very own Veteran’s Club had their first meeting of the Spring Semester on Monday, January 27th, as part of the Student Activities’ Welcome Week 2014.
Under the leadership of President Joe Castellucci and Vice-president Rosie Szabo, the Veteran’s Club and Resource Center, provides students, who are also military veterans, with information about what is happening in the community and the benefits they are entitled to as Veteran students.
According to Joe, “Adjusting to a new civilian lifestyle can be overwhelming at times, and that’s why we provide Veterans and their families with assistance in regards to resources such as the Vet Center, VA Hospital, as well as local, state, and federal benefits.”
At the Veteran’s Club, students also receive assistance in applying for VA Financial Aid and scholarships. Besides supporting student Veterans, the role of the club is also to aid existing organizations, as they continue to work towards improving the lives of the men and women who have sacrificed so much for the country.
Some organizations the club is involved with are: the Forgotten Soldiers Outreach (Lake Worth), Wounded Warriors, local high schools’ JROTC programs, and just recently FAU Veteran Owls and Connected Warriors.
Freshman Junior Nogueira, who participated in his high school’s JROTC program, says “I think it’s great that colleges offer a place where student Veterans feel comfortable to seek help, and have access to the assistance they need.”
There are currently about 600 new Veterans attending school on Palm Beach State College campuses, and they are encouraged to join the club. For additional information about the club and how to get involved, those interested can reach Joe at (561)213-2594, or visit the Palm Beach State web page and search for Veteran’s Club.