An old room in the basement of James Hall at Brooklyn College came alive when its transformation into a Veteran Affairs and Counseling Office came to fruition on Thursday, November 15.
The new 1,000-square-foot unit—armed with a six-person staff—will assist veterans with their applications to college, follow up on each case to ensure they can register, and aid them with their benefits.
This year, the college has 92 male veterans and 73 female veterans. In order to accommodate the large amount of veterans, who, according to Brooklyn College President Karen Gould, “deserve a better space,” the room was renovated and refurbished to provide a “more central space.
“It’s also more space for the staff to put documents for our veterans and much more. It’s a much more welcoming environment. Veterans are very important to our institution,” stated Gould, whose father was a Pacific World War II veteran who used the GI Bill to put himself through school.
Brooklyn College students, professors and staff attended the ribbon cutting. In addition, Councilmember Jumaane Williams, Democratic District Leader Cory Provost, and State Senators Kevin Parker and Eric Adams attended the event.
To find out more about the Veteran Affairs and Counseling Office, call 718-951-5105.