SUNY Ulster recently dedicated a Battle Buddy Center to serve as a home for student veterans, active duty military or dependents of active military, and a safe haven for quiet study where student veterans can get away from the hustle and bustle of campus, socialize and provide peer support and fellowship.
Located in Vanderlyn 156, the lounge will include such amenities as a television and study areas and also provide access to services for veterans who may be struggling, such as a toll-free hotline and literature. The Battle Buddy Center/Veterans Lounge will be open during all school hours.
The center will reflect the pride veterans have in serving their nation and have a board with photos that will connect the different branches of service. It is based on the military concept of a Battle Buddy, which assigns soldiers with partners to assist each other both in and out of combat.
Creation of the Battle Buddy Center/Veterans Lounge was made possible through grant funding from NYSID and support from Gateway Community Industries, Inc. NYSID will provide funds over a three-year period to purchase technology, furnishings, equipment and other enhancements for the Battle Buddy Center.