Veterans at the University of South Dakota now have a place to call home on campus.
The grand opening of the Student Veterans Resource Center was held at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Temporary Student Center in Room 117D. The SVRC’s location in the Temporary Student Center will also house the USD Student Veterans Club.
Justin Smith, project director for the Fides Grant at the University of South Dakota welcomed those in attendance.
“The opening of the Student Veterans Resource Center further solidifies USD’s commitment to student veterans’ success,” Smith said.
The SVRC will be used for student veterans to congregate, work on homework and
“The SVRC is an access point for student veterans here in Vermillion,” Dusty Ginsbach, president of the Veteran’s Legal Assistance Group, said.
The Veteran’s Legal Assistance Group makes aware social and legal issues affecting veterans to judges, attorneys and the community of veterans in South Dakota. The USD Student Veterans Club focuses more on aiding student veterans.
“The USD Student Veterans Club supports the student veterans here in Vermillion,” Brendan Whalen, president of the Veterans Club, said. “Lately, we have focused on the community area by providing suicide prevention and benefits to veterans with disabilities and giving them the proper facilities, along with honoring veterans.”
The SVRC will benefit every student veteran at USD.
“The goals and interests of student veterans are different from other students,” Whalen said. “The SVRC is an area for these students to congregate and discuss their goals, seek help and receive support.”
The program also recognized notable USD veterans in honor of the recent Veterans Day holiday. Joe Foss, Arlo Olson and George E. “Bud” Day were all Medal of Honor recipients who attended USD.
“USD is doing an outstanding job at recognizing veterans,” James Abbott, USD president, said. “We have not always done our best, but by providing the SVRC, we are doing a much better job now. I am very pleased by this.”