Sussex County Community College prides itself on being a military-friendly college. The staff works closely with veterans on a number of levels, assuring that they get the attention they need. In some cases, veterans need some extra assistance.
And so, the SCCC Skylanders baseball team is hosting a special Military Appreciation Game on Tuesday April 7th at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, starting at 7 p.m. This event will be a fundraiser for the College’s Student Veterans Emergency Relief program (SVER),
The Skylanders will face the Colts of SUNY Orange County Community College in one of the first games at the newly reopened stadium.
SVER provides emergency funds to student veterans at SCCC who need financial help in between semesters. Veterans receive a VA housing allowance of $2200 per month, but only when college is in session. SVER acts as a bridge for those veterans who qualify and are in need of housing, food, car payments and other basic needs when college is not in session.
“No other college in New Jersey offers anything like this,” said Mike DeVilliers, Veterans Services Coordinator at SCCC. “If we can step in and intervene so they can continue their education without interruption that’s great. Our goal is to get them to the finish line. If we can give them an emergency stipend during a gap in their lives it’s the least we can do.”
DeVilliers himself is a veteran, having served in the Army for 10 years in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, and elsewhere.
At the game, military personnel and veterans will be honored in numerous ways. Country singer Nikki Briar will sing the National Anthem while the Ogdensburg VFW provides the Color Guard. Veteran advocate and Vietnam veteran Frank Arminio from Stanhope will throw out the first pitch, accompanied by the Sussex County Veterans Committee. Various veterans’ service providers will also be in attendance at the game.
SVER is a program of the SCCC Foundation. The rain date for the event is Saturday, April 11th at 12 noon. For more information about the game or veterans’ services at SCCC, contact Mike DeVilliers at 973-300-2109.
SCCC offers an array of degree and non-degree programs, as well as varied community events throughout the year. To learn more about SCCC, visit www.sussex.edu.