Release Date: 
Monday, December 2, 2019

HFC Veterans Center gives veterans a place of their own

HFC President Russell Kavalhuna (center) is flanked by HFC student veterans Sandra Wilkins (left) and Nina Denny (right).
HFC President Russell Kavalhuna (center) is joined by HFC student veterans Sandra Wilkins (left) and Nina Denny (right).

O n Nov. 11, the HFC Student Veterans Association hosted a luncheon to commemorate Veterans Day at the College. Student veterans, current members of the military, faculty, staff were invited to join the celebration. Some 50 students signed poster boards thanking veterans for their service, which were then sent to the Elks Lodge in Flat Rock.

The SVA is an association that provides military veterans attending HFC the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education. This event served as a platform for students, faculty, and staff to connect and share stories of their military service. It was coordinated by the SVA and also served as an opportunity to invite more student veterans to become involved and to discuss future SVA activities.

Veteran-friendly school

HFC has long been an educational institution that has welcomed military veterans, current service members, and their families. HFC has earned distinction as a veteran-friendly employer and gold-level veteran-friendly school.

The new HFC Veterans Center opened May 23. According to Gail Bock, HFC’s VA Certifying Official, the Veterans Center has been a welcome addition to the College’s offerings. Bock has received positive feedback from student veterans.

A place of their own

“The Veterans Center is staffed by VA work study students who are active with the SVA,” said Bock. “This center gives military-connected students a place to go at their convenience where they can come in, sit down, and connect with other students who have shared similar experiences. And that is our goal.”

A complete list of HFC Veterans Services is available at this website. For more information about the SVA, please visit the Veterans Center in Rm. M-111 in the Student & Culinary Arts Center (Bldg. M) or email