A group of student veterans from the Student Veterans Association at the St. Petersburg College participated in the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System Stand Down for Homeless event at the C. W. Bill Young VA Medical Center April 11.
The event provided access to a wide range of services – medical care, free meals, toiletries, hot showers, clothing items, benefits and housing information, and employee assistance – available to homeless veterans and those at risk of becoming homeless.
The student veterans from the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus, Christopher Clarke, Jeffrey Thomas and Jeffrey Schultz, provided endless energy and information to the Bay Pines veterans about programs at SPC.
“Our SPC veterans informed these veterans of the camaraderie that could be found on the various campuses throughout the college,” said Tina March, Academic Advisor for the SVA at the St. Petersburg/Gibbs Campus. “Many of the veterans expressed an interest in pursuing a career and a degree.”
Some of these veterans at the VA already have college degrees and some college experience. They just need additional information, names, and networking to proceed.
“The team from SPC met the needs of these veterans as they provided information about the services and assistance from the Homeless Education Waiver,” said March.