Event will celebrate education, employment opportunities for student veterans, in collaboration with St. Lawrence NYSARC
New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) will dedicate its newest Battle Buddy Center at noon on Thursday, April 28 at SUNY Canton, in collaboration with St. Lawrence NYSARC.
The event will take place in the Richard W. Miller Campus Center, Theater on the SUNY Canton campus, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton, NY 13617. Members of the media are invited to attend.
Among those scheduled to participate in the Battle Buddy Center dedication ceremony:
- Paul Quirini, NYSID outreach & communications specialist, on behalf of Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO
- Dr. Zvi Szafran, SUNY Canton president
- Dr. Douglas Scheidt, SUNY Canton provost/vice president for academic affairs
- Daphne Pickert, St. Lawrence NYSARC CEO/executive director
- Student veterans from SUNY Canton
Battle Buddy Centers are safe havens for veterans to socialize with their fellow veterans and receive services they need. Based on the military concept of a “Battle Buddy,” which partners soldiers to assist each other both in and out of combat, Battle Buddy Centers offer activities to encourage camaraderie and foster veterans to give and receive mutual support.
Pictured is Scott L. Palmer, a Mechanical Technology major from Morristown. Palmer served in the U.S. Army and is current reserve member. He is also a member of Clarkson University’s ROTC Golden Knights Battalion.
Through this Battle Buddy Center, NYSID, St. Lawrence NYSARC and SUNY Canton provide a space for more than 120 veteran students, National Guard/Reserve Students, active duty students and their dependents to study, socialize with one another, and receive services they need.
The College’s Military & Veterans Services Office is adjacent to the Battle Buddy Center, increasing the office’s visibility and enabling students to utilize the services provided.
With an active Student Veterans Association, a full-time Military & Veterans Student Services Coordinator, and two VA funded work-study students, this Battle Buddy Center provides a much-needed space for student veterans to call their own, while remaining an integral component of the student population on campus.
Ron Romano, NYSID president & CEO, said: “NYSID recognizes that creating educational and employment opportunities for service-disabled veterans and other New Yorkers who face barriers to employment is not only the right thing to do, it also improves our state’s economy and strengthens our communities. We provide livelihoods for a diverse group of New Yorkers with disabilities through our member agencies and assist with veterans’ support programs, promoting quality of life for veterans as they reconnect to the New York State workforce. NYSID supports SUNY Canton and its Military & Veterans Services Office in assisting veterans achieve success personally, academically and professionally. Based upon the current veteran population and the anticipated growth of veterans’ programs and services, NYSID is pleased to partner with SUNY Canton and St. Lawrence NYSARC in this Battle Buddy Center.”
SUNY Canton President Dr. Zvi Szafran said: “Veterans have played an important part in the history of SUNY Canton, and we pride ourselves in offering educational opportunities for individuals who serve, or have served, in the armed forces. The ability to enhance our center for support will help us to better meet our standing mission to aid veterans and their families with a successful transition from active duty, through education, and into their chosen civilian career.”
Daphne Pickert, St. Lawrence NYSARC CEO/executive director, said: “As a Preferred Source partner of NYSID, St. Lawrence NYSARC is proud to collaborate with SUNY Canton in the dedication of this Battle Buddy Center. We look forward to helping local veterans with disabilities gain successful employment through our Career Opportunities program. We also want our veterans to know that St. Lawrence NYSARC provides a diverse support system for children, young adults, and adults with disabilities.”
NYSID now has participated in the opening of Battle Buddy Centers at 11 locations, including:
- SUNY Canton in Canton
- SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury
- Clear Path for Veterans in Chittenango
- The College of Saint Rose in Albany
- Hudson Valley Community College in Troy
- Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson
- LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City
- John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City
- Westchester Community College in Valhalla
- Rockland Community College in Suffern
- SUNY Ulster in Stone Ridge
NYSID’s Battle Buddy Centers have collectively hosted more than 50,000 visits by student veterans since September 2011. Battle Buddy Centers are made possible through grant funding from NYSID and support from NYSID member agencies.
About NYSID (http://www.nysid.org)
Established in 1975, NYSID is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation which creates employment opportunities for more than 7,000 New Yorkers with disabilities annually. NYSID supports job creation efforts for a diverse group of New Yorkers with disabilities through a statewide network of 121 community rehabilitation agencies and 43 private sector business partners and assists with veterans’ support programs, promoting quality of life for veterans as they reconnect to the New York State workforce.
About SUNY Canton (http://www.canton.edu)
As one of the premier military friendly colleges in New York State, SUNY Canton offers many excellent opportunities for soldiers, veterans, and their families. Military Times has named SUNY Canton as one of the best technical colleges in the nation for veterans, and G.I. Jobs magazine has also selected the college for its 2016 list of military-friendly schools.
About St. Lawrence NYSARC (http://www.slnysarc.org)
St. Lawrence NYSARC offers individuals with disabilities and their families an opportunity to achieve self-determined goals. All services strive to promote choices intended to meet each person’s therapeutic, residential, and employment needs and interests. Seaway Industries, a division of St. Lawrence NYSARC, provides employment for people with disabilities through contracts, generating more than $2 million in sales annually.