Veterans and many of the organizations and people who serve veterans were on hand for Concordia's Veterans Open House and Resource Fair on April 4. Sponsored by Westchester County, the event offered health screenings, information about benefits, camaraderie, food and fun.
Among the many organizations taking tables were the Westchester County Government, White Plains Veterans Center, the Veterans Writing Workshop, Touro Dental, Hudson River HealthCare, Foster Grandparents, Prudential, One Stop Job, Westchester County Veterans Service, the Aids Healthcare Foundation (represented by Concordia alumna Dierdre Wallace-Hines '87, below), Vet 2 Vet, Marines for Life, Iran and Afghanistan Veterans for America, Pegasus Equestrian Therapy, and the Barbara Giordano Foundation.
Concordia's chapter of the Student Veterans Association had a table, and the club's president Abraham Lamboy held an impromptu push-up contest with a member of New York's finest.
The event was organized by Viviana DeCohen, Concordia's Director of Military and Veteran Affairs, who is herself a veteran. She said: “Concordia College is proud to partner with Westchester County Executive George Latimer on this Veterans Open House and Resource Fair. Here at Concordia, we are true to our motto of serving our veteran community with Passion, Purpose, and Service and I know the same goes for Westchester County Government. We look forward to this joint effort leading to even greater success for the veterans we are able to assist.”
Concordia College President John A. Nunes said: “We are honored to welcome the veteran community to our Veterans Open House and Resource Fair. At Concordia College, we’ve made it a priority to serve those who have served our country. We encourage any veteran to learn more about how their educational benefits and grants can help them start or finish their college education and advance their civilian careers.”