Vets Club Pulls Back Curtain

Justin Lowther | Staff Writer

Century Veterns from left to right: Steven Schmidt, Kristi Anthony, Antonio Colon, Ricky Phengphaeng, and Daniel Shinnick in the Veterans Center. Image by Rose Vanyo
Century Veterns from left to right: Steven Schmidt, Kristi Anthony, Antonio Colon, Ricky Phengphaeng, and Daniel Shinnick in the Veterans Center. Image by Rose Vanyo

Have you ever walked by the GPS Life Center and noticed the military themed room full of people that appear to be off their medication? Well it happens to be the Veterans Resource Center, and the hooligans you see in there are the Century College veterans. Most of the vets are members of the Century College Vets Club.

Under the guidance of the current leadership, the Vets Club is attempting to establish a safe environment where anything that is said stays within the collective. All of this comes with a warning label. There is a high concentration of colorful language within. If this type of language makes you feel uncomfortable, please let someone know. They want all visitors to feel safe and comfortable.

Photo of Shannon Kasperson, Veterans Resource Coordinator Credit: Courtesy of Shannon Kasperson.
Photo of Shannon Kasperson, Veterans Resource Coordinator
Credit: Courtesy of Shannon Kasperson.

Anyone can walk through the door and ask for help. If the vets cannot help you directly, either they or the Veterans Services Coordinator (VSC) can point you in the right direction to get you connected to resources. The center does not directly provide services; however, through their shared experiences and the VSC, they want to help all students access the services needed to be successful here at Century College as well as in the future. The vets can assist you with a wide range of subjects, including educational, emotional, psychological, physical, lifting heavy stuff, reaching top shelves, fashion advice and so on. So the next time you’re in the area, feel free to stop by and say hi.

Vets Club Mission Statement:

“Foster camaraderie in a respectful honest environment.

Stand ready to assist all in need towards a positive outcome.” (Vets Club)

Vets Club Factoids:

  • They are surprisingly friendly
  • They have an open door policy meaning anyone can come in and visit
  • The club is open to veterans, spouses and children of veterans
  • There is no restriction on age, faith, creed, or ethnicity
Photo of the Veterans' Center logo Credit: Justin Lowther
Photo of the Veterans’ Center logo
Credit: Justin Lowther

The group is also looking for partnerships with other groups and clubs, both on and off campus. If you have an event planned and you would like some volunteers, stop by and let them know. Veterans are always good for grunt work. Pun intended. For the uninitiated, most of the front line fighters or Infantry as they are called, are referred to as Grunts. It’s probably where the phrase came from. Mop up rain? Shovel sand in a sand storm? Paint a dump truck full of rocks white; the rocks not the truck? Been there, done that.