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Cayuga CC campuses to host NYS Mobile Vet Center Nov. 5 and 6, part of Veterans Week celebration

DATE: 11-02-2012

As part of Cayuga Community College’s celebration of Veterans Week, the College will host the New York State Mobile Vet Center at its Auburn Campus from 1 to 5 p.m. on November 5 to coincide with a Job Fair in Spartan Hall, 197 Franklin St. The Mobile Vet Center will travel to the Fulton Campus to meet with veterans from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6.

The Mobile Vet Center (MVC) is a 27-foot long vehicle that enables the Department of Veteran Affairs staff members to provide individual counseling, benefits and referral, employment guidance, referrals to other community agencies, and other support services to combat veterans and their family members who might not otherwise have easy access to such resources. The mobile unit can reach veterans in remote areas using state-of-the-art communications equipment, including satellite dish system for computers, phones, a copier, and a fax machine.

Authorized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the MVC program came online in early 2009 with 50 vehicles serving the country, and 20 more units were added this year to be able to reach more veterans in a wider area. A readjustment counselor and a readjustment counseling technician based out of the Watertown Vet Center will be on hand to assist veterans who stop by the MVC.

“The Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to expanding access to VA health care and benefits for veterans and their families,” said Michael Walling, a readjustment counseling technician at the Watertown Mobile Vet Center. “MVCs bring the many services vet centers offer veterans to all communities, wherever they are needed.”

The Mobile Vet Center visit is part of Cayuga Community College’s Veterans Week events, happening on both campuses from Monday, November 5 through Friday, November 9.

Highlights of those activities include:

Auburn Campus

  • Monday, November 5
    • 1 to 5 p.m. Mobile Vet Center, parking lot, 197 Franklin St.
  • Wednesday, November 7
    • 2 to 6 p.m. Double feature, showing the movies Sergeant York and To Hell and Back, College’s Business Industry Center, 197 Franklin St. (Pizza and drinks will be served.)
    • 6 p.m.  Flag Lowering Ceremony, accompanied by Cayuga student trumpeter Stephen Lodge
  • Thursday, November 8
    • 8 a.m. Flag Rising Ceremony, accompanied by Cayuga student trumpeter Stephen Lodge
    • 11 a.m.  Guest Speaker Father Moritz Fuchs, who served as bodyguard to U.S.  Supreme Court Justice and Lead Prosecutor Robert H. Jackson during the Nuremberg Trials of World War II, College’s Business Industry Center, 197 Franklin St. (Continental breakfast will be served.)

 

Fulton Campus

  • Monday, November 5
    • 11 a.m. Honoring the Veterans Ceremony (color guard ceremony, Pledge of Allegiance, prayers, fallen soldier candle lighting, speakers, and closing  prayer)
    • Tuesday, November 6
      • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mobile Vet Center, parking lot, 11 River Glen Drive
      • Wednesday, November 7
        • 9 a.m. Oswego Veterans Affairs Clinic on campus
        • Weeklong activities
          • “Bone Appetite”: Collection of candy to donate to active service members from Weds 10/31 – 11/9
          • “Message of Support,” large poster-sized paper for CCC students to write messages of support to veterans
          • “Letters to Service Members,” students can write a note of gratitude to a service member; these letters will be delivered via a DOD-provided address.

In addition, the campuses will share messages to non-veteran students about ways they can honor veterans, including attending a ceremony, running in the 8th Annual Veterans Day 3 Miler in Oswego, visiting a national park, making a donation to a veterans organization, and thanking a service member.

For more information about honoring veterans, visit www.thankaservicemember.org; and for more information about services available to veterans, visit www.vetcenter.va.gov