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CCRI, Veterans Affairs host Student Vets Town Hall

[CREDIT: CCRI] CCRI Vice President of Student Affairs Sara Enright welcome RI Office of Veteran Affairs Director Kasim Yarn to the CCRI Student Vets Town Hall.

WARWICK,RI — TheCommunity College of Rhode Island Veteran Services Office and the Rhode Island

Department of Veteran Affairs hosted a Student Veterans Town Hall at thecommunity college Feb. 22.

Dozens of CCRI studentveterans attended the event.

With approximately 400student veterans, CCRI is the largest student veteran higher education providerin Rhode Island. The college has an active Veteran Services Office whosemission is to assist veterans, service members and dependents in the pursuit oftheir educational goals by maintaining up-to-date information on college wideprograms and resources.

“Our veterans are heroesand leaders, and we’re committed to providing the best educational experienceand service to all our military affiliated students,” said Sara Enright, vicepresident of student affairs.

“These warriors ofyesterday are now today’s scholars, and will soon become tomorrow’s leaders.That’s why listening to our student-veterans is critical to give them the toolsthey need to succeed,” added Kasim Yarn, director of the Rhode Island Office of

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Veterans Affairs.

During the Town Hallmeeting, Yarn informed student veterans about the many resources available tothem through various departments and organizations including Veteran Affairs,the VFW and RIServes, a coordinated network of public, private and nonprofitorganizations serving veterans, service members and their families in RhodeIsland.

Mickaela Black of the VA’sVetSuccess on Campus program and Dennis Cosmo, CCRI Veteran Resource Coordinator,shared information about scholarship opportunities and upcoming events specificfor CCRI’s student veterans.