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East County News Service

November 13, 2019 (El Cajon) -- Student veterans at Cuyamaca College will receive a belated Veterans Day gift in the form of a new veterans center inside Cuyamaca College’s Student Center, Building I.  A ribbon-cutting to officially open the center, in addition to marking the grand reopening of the Student Center after nearly a year’s remodeling, is set for 9-10 a.m. Thursday, Nov 14.

For the estimated 300 veterans enrolled at Cuyamaca College, the new center promises to be a home away from home. With nearly 2,500 square feet, the new center nearly triples the amount of space previously available for veterans services at different areas around the campus.

A major improvement is being able to provide the tracking, bookkeeping and certification required for VA benefits, and to serve the unique needs of student veterans and their dependents in a central location. The veterans center includes a food pantry, a private room to meet with a counselor, a quiet room for study, multiple computers and a lounge area for relaxation and socializing with fellow veterans.