BOISE -- An exciting endeavor is happening at Boise State University. It is all about veterans and the university's commitment to the men and women who serve our country.
We all know that Boise State is known for its football program, but did you know that Boise State has been named a "Military Friendly School" by GI Jobs Magazine for six straight years. Now the university is increasing its commitment to veterans.
With an official cut of the ribbon, Boise State University's Veteran Services Center unveiled a new, on-campus Veterans Lounge -- a special place for veterans and their families.
The Veterans Services Center has already been assisting the university's veterans with various programs like benefit claims and opportunities in the community. Now the new veterans lounge will be a place for veterans on campus to simply hang out -- with game tables, TV and a kitchen area.
Boise State leaders say the new space represents the university's dedication to growing and supporting the educational endeavors of veterans.
"We're very happy for this moment because it means that it's a space for our veterans to socialize, but more importantly it's a space for our veterans to form a greater community here at Boise State," said Dr. Christian Wuthrich, Dean of Students.
"Our goal is to make sure that you find the success you need in that next stage of life and that you share with us all your experiences all the richness that you can bring to us because you make us better by your presence," said Dr. Lisa Harris, Vice President of Student Affairs.
R.K. Williams, Coordinator of Veteran Services, and Dr. Harris had a little fun with today's opening by playing the first game of pool on the new pool table.
Boise State is home to about 2,000 military veterans on campus and more than 100 Boise State faculty and staff members are veterans.
The Veteran Services Center expects to grow its commitment to veterans even more so in the future with plans to have a dedicated vocational rehabilitation coordinator on site.