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.
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
· Expedited Vocational, Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
· Support and assistance to all
Veterans with VA benefits regardless of entitlement, benefit usage, or
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