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Veterans Club Joins National Group

Thursday, April 08, 2010

The CCC Veterans Club has grown considerably in the past two years and there are currently 36 members. With its increased numbers, the club has a variety of new activities for its members. In February of this year, the CCC Veterans Club joined the national Student Veterans of America (SVA) as one of 196 member chapters across the country.

SVA has two major components: the executive staff and student veterans groups. Student veterans groups are student groups that have formed on college and university campuses to provide peer-to-peer networks for veterans who are attending those schools. These groups coordinate campus activities, provide pre-professional networking, and generally provide a touchstone for student veterans in higher education. These local groups are an important part of ensuring that every veteran is successful after their service. The executive staff facilitates communication between groups, connects groups with resources from outside their campuses, and organizes these groups to advocate at the state and national level for the common needs of student veterans. More information about SVA is available at and

The CCC Veterans Club is the only known student run veterans organization in Clinton County and has been active since the fall of 2008. The club’s faculty advisor is Dr. Forest Studebaker. Wallace Hall is president, Christopher Lynch, vice president, and Sean Brown is secretary/treasurer.

Club Mission:
Our mission is to provide a fellowship between military veterans and supporters dedicated to student veterans and their families.

Club Goals:
Create a network of successful students and alumni throughout our local communities. Promote communication and interaction among veterans in order to promote veterans helping veterans. Advocate student veterans’ issues and concerns. Educate the college community about the special experiences, circumstances, strengths, and needs of the military veteran and their families.

“As a veteran and the club president I feel as though the ability to share my experiences with those in my club and through the SVA network greatly increases the chance a veteran will finish college,” said Hall. “We are a community of veterans and it is our unique experiences that bring us together and drive us to succeed amongst our peers.”

“I have been the president of the club for two semesters, “Hall said, “and I’m inspired by the support the college community shows towards its veterans as we transition into the role of a student.” He added, “This support helps many of our members pursue other community service related activities and further contributes to our local communities. I’m proud to say that I’m a veteran and a Clinton Community College student.”

The CCC Veterans Club collected over 150 toys and over $90 for the Christmas Bureau in 2009 and they’ve established the James Bracy Scholarship to support veterans and their families. To contribute, send donations to the James Bracy Scholarship, c/o CCC Foundation, 136 Clinton Point Drive, Plattsburgh, NY 12901.

Click here for more information about the CCC Veterans Club