Monroe College Veterans Club Meets With Habitat for Humanity
On February 14th, the Monroe College Veterans Club hosted both Habitat for Humanity and the local New Rochelle chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) during an informational meeting. More than 30 people attended to learn about the benefits and opportunities available to veterans.
Monroe Professor Dennis O’Connor introduced James Lesser from the New Rochelle VFW, who provided information on what the VFW does and how it can benefit a veteran.
“The VFW promotes a sense of camaraderie between veterans. We give you an opportunity to network and find jobs, to meet people like yourselves, with similar struggles and success stories alike,” Lesser explained.
Advising the group that the VFW holds meetings the third Thursday of every month, Lesser invited all to attend and even provided an application to the vets, which could provide them with a sponsor to cover a year’s membership.
Jim Killoran of Habitat for Humanity spoke to the group about the work Habitat does for veterans. Currently, Killoran’s group is in the process of procuring and renovating homes to give to returning vets, with no down payment and an interest-free mortgage.
“Everyone deserves a simple, decent home. That’s our mission. And those who have served for our country deserve this most of all,” explained Killoran.
Not only did Killoran let the vets in attendance know that Habitat for Humanity is working hard to provide for them, but he also invited those who are able to volunteer for the program to help other vets and families who may not be as fortunate – especially the local families who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.
At the end of his presentation, Killoran asked those who might be looking for work to send in their resumes, as he has hired many veterans in the past.
The meeting closed with an enthused call to action from Professor O’Connor, who informed the group about the search for lost money at the Office of Unclaimed Funds.
“There is currently $12 billion ‘lost,’ being held by the government and waiting to be claimed,” Professor O’Connor explained. “You deserve what you’re owed.”
Overall, the meeting provided great information to the veterans at Monroe College and gave them a sense of belonging and inclusion among the others present.