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The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Unveils Its New Veteran Resource Center

By: Nancy O'Reilly

November 14, 2017

Friday, November 9, 2017 The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale unveiled its new Veteran Resource Center. The Veteran Resource Center (‘VRC’) is a place that veteran students can come to get information regarding issues they may encounter in their civilian transition. Additionally, the VRC is a safe space for veteran students to come together to support each other.

For this special ribbon cutting ceremony, staff, faculty and students heard from student Jason Bauerschmidt, a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and Jerome Gomez, Assistant Director of Design who is a U.S. Army veteran. Gomez addressed the audience saying, "The real reason we should be here today is to pay a special honor to all of the men and women who have served in the military throughout the years and [will continue to serve for] many years to come." He went on to state that most importantly, the VRC honors those who have suffered the casualties of war.

The VRC is located in room 311A within the Creative Minds Lounge which is open Monday-Thursday from 8:30am-6:00pm. Services at the VRC are currently offered the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 11:30am-2:00pm, but Student Affairs is looking hire a student veteran that will allow the VRC to have expanded hours.

Any veteran student interested in starting a Veteran’s Club should come to see Student Affairs Coordinator, Christina Retana in Room 208; (954)308-2615 or cretana@aii.edu.

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By: Nancy O'Reilly

November 14, 2017