WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College started the fall semester by bringing veteran students and staff together for a meet and greet and this year some pint sized guests joined them.
The Fall 2017 Veterans Center Kickoff helped incoming and returning veterans see just how much support they have at CFCC during the school year. Instructors, staff, President Amanda Lee and many of the veteran students took part in the kickoff.
Ray Charfauros, a former CFCC student, is the Veterans Coordinator. He says the center gives veterans a place to go when they need help. Charfauros says it’s a different path/transition for veterans than high school students because the veterans are away from school for a length of time.
“We’re all from different services. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, and we all come together, joke around,” Charfauros said of the importance of having the Veterans Center. “That’s really the key piece, bringing that camaraderie back.”
This year, non-profits Paws4People and Project SOAR were on hand to explain some of the services they provide. Paws4People provides assistance, therapy, and service dogs in the community. Project SOAR is an organization that provides free recreational activities for veterans like kayaking, surfing, archery, and scuba diving.
For more information on the CFCC Veterans Center and what resources the school offers for the military, click here.