University of Southern Mississippi Opens New Veterans Center

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The College of Southern Mississippi is opening a brand new constructing with the purpose of supporting army veterans.

The brand new facility is about supporting those that served the nation, Jeff Hammond, the director of the college’s veterans program, advised WDAM-TV.

“It’s an incredible program and an incredible college, and whenever you combine all these three issues along with a giant coronary heart that claims, ‘Let’s assist our veterans, their relations.’ You’ve got a outstanding story,” Hammond stated.

The brand new dwelling of the Heart for Army Veterans, Service Members and Households held its opening ceremony on Friday.

The brand new Quinlan-Hammond Corridor of Honor will serve the greater than 1,700 army college students attending the college, The Hattiesburg American reported. It will likely be a 5,500-square-foot facility, and embody a convention room, examine house for small teams or people, and a library with an adjoining lounge and examine, its web site reveals. It’ll additionally produce other assembly areas and workplace areas.

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“We take our function as a military-friendly establishment very severely,” USM President Rodney Bennett stated. “I couldn’t be extra proud that we’re in a position to present distinctive assist and assets to our army college students.”

Because it started round 10 years in the past, the army program operated out of a small “little bit lackluster” workplace, stated Joe Quinlan, one of many constructing’s namesakes.

“I used to be on campus about 4 years in the past,” Quinlan advised the Hattiesburg newspaper. “There have been seven or eight folks in uniform standing on the market ready to get inside as a result of there wasn’t sufficient room. The remainder of the campus doesn’t do that. They’ve obtained nice buildings.”

The middle’s workers gives steerage and assist to army college students as they transfer by the admission course of, on to commencement and profession placement.

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