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LD 17 - Legislator Tom Donnelly

Posted on: May 8, 2018

Legislator Donnelly Joins Suffolk Community College for Veterans Success on Campus (VSOC) Opening


Suffolk Legislator Tom Donnelly recently joined Suffolk County Community College (SCCC) administrators, other dignitaries, community leaders, County residents and veterans at a special ceremony on April 4 at the Ammerman Campus to honor our veterans and announce the commencement of the newest Veterans Success on Campus (VSOC) program in the nation.

Suffolk County has the largest population of veterans of any County in New York State. VSOC is a special designation from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that exists on less than 100 campuses nationwide.  VSOC provides for a full time Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor employed by the VA and the SCCC program will serve close to 700 military- connected students annually across all three campuses with an established Veterans Resource Center on each campus.   In addition, SCCC offers courses on-site at the 106th Air Rescue Wing to the members of the NY Air Guard.

Services Proved by the VSOC Counselor include:
·         Adjustment counseling to resolve problems interfering with completion of education programs and entrance into employment
·         Vocational testing 
·         Educational and career counseling 
·         Expedited Vocational, Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) services
·          Support and assistance to all Veterans with VA benefits regardless of entitlement, benefit usage, or enrollment status 

Legislator Donnelly is chair of the County’s Education and Human Services committee which oversees SCCC. He is also a graduate of the college.

“I am proud that my alma mater, Suffolk Community College, will be providing important and critical services that will assist our selfless veterans and give them any and all tools they need to succeed,” said Legislator Donnelly.  “I thank the college for taking the initiative in applying for this program and am fully grateful to Veterans Affairs for the selection.”

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Pictured from left, Suffolk Legislator Tom Donnelly; Christopher Adams, Suffolk Community College Vice-President of Student Affairs; Shannon O’Neill, College Director of Veterans Affairs; Robert Martinez, Chief of Staff to Legislator Tom Muratore; Peter King, U.S. Congressman; John Raqo, Post Commander of the Farmingville VFW; and Rich Delasso of the Economic Opportunity Council (EOC) of Suffolk attend the special ceremony April 4 at the Ammerman Campus to announce the commencement of the newest Veterans Success on Campus (VSOC) program in the nation


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