Armed forces members, current and retired, salute as the American Flag begins its ascent up the flag pole at Clinton Community College.
Photo by Shawn Ryan.
continued The Veteran’s Club runs several events for veterans throughout the year, and offers veterans a network of social support on campus. They also administer a Veteran’s Assistance Fund, making emergency loans available to veterans who might find themselves coming up short in the middle of a semester. Very often, Guynup says, veterans have to wait for GI Bill funding to come through, leaving them short of funding for things like books and supplies.
“I want those veterans to come in that door feeling like they belong. They really want to learn, they’re hard workers and they throw themselves into it body and soul,” Guynup said.
Guynup wears the same hat at Plattsburgh State, where he is Student Veteran Support Coordinator. Plattsburgh State has 223 military affiliated students, and was just ranked in the top 30 “Veteran Friendly” colleges in the country.