Volunteer State Community College is expanding its commitment to military veterans thanks to a state of Tennessee grant. Vol State already has a dedicated Office of Veterans Affairs with outreach and support for student veterans. The $89,000 Veteran Reconnect Grant, funded by the Tennessee legislature and administered by the Governor’s Office, will allow the Vol State Veterans Affairs Office to expand with an assistant to work with students on Veterans Administration paperwork. Vol State will also establish a Student Veterans Center on the Gallatin campus. It will provide veterans with a place to study, meet with other veterans, and use computers and resources.
“This will take us to the next level in assisting our student veterans,” said Ken Hanson, Vol State coordinator of Veterans Affairs. “We have more than 230 student veterans each fall and spring semester.”
The grant will also provide funding to set up a textbook and electronic equipment library. It will allow students to check-out textbooks at the start of the semester, in case they haven’t been able to buy them yet. Vol State has a Student Veterans of America chapter and several veteran events throughout the year. For more information on Veterans Affairs at Vol State visit www.volstate.edu/veterans or call 615-230-3444.