LBCC Veterans Club Receives Grant for new Vets Center

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The newly created Veteran’s Center at Linn-Benton Community College received a $2,648.49 grant award from the Student Veterans of America Vet Center Initiative.

The award comes in the form of a gift card to The Home Depot.

With grant funding from The Home Depot Foundation, the Vet Center Initiative was established to assist student veteran groups with building, refurbishing or renovating a veteran’s center on their college campus.

LBCC’s center has been several years in the making. With support from faculty member and vet club advisor Lewis Franklin, a two-time Iraq veteran, the center held a grand opening May 27.

LBCC Veteran’s Club President Steven Olson, physics major, club Vice President John Maine, engineering major, and treasurer Garret VanRee, exercise and sports science major, were instrumental in making the center possible.

LBCC welding student Michael Rice helped create the new sign hanging outside the center.

 “The main person who spearheaded this is treasurer Garret VanRee,” said Olson. “He has been an officer in our club for over a half year and has brought a lot to the table.”

Since 2014, the SVA Veteran Center Initiative has built and improved veteran spaces on 61 campuses impacting over 30,000 student veterans. Recognizing the successes of the last two years, The Home Depot Foundation continues to offer a total of $400,000 to 50 Student Veteran’s of America chapters. 

Photo caption, l-r: Steven Olson, Veterans Club president, welding student Michael Rice,
John Maine, Veterans Club vice president, and faculty member and club advisor Lewis Franklin at the center’s grand opening May 27. Rice helped create the center’s new metal sign, pictured here.

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