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Office of External Communications

Houston, TX 77204-5017 Fax: 713.743.8199

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 2, 2007

Contact: Contact: Mike Emery
713.743.8186 (office)
713.415.6551 (pager)
pemery@uh.edu

VETERANS SERVICES OFFICE AT UH CELEBRATES EXPANDED SPACE, SERVICES

Whether they’ve just returned from combat or are adjusting to civilian life, veterans of the armed forces often face a host of challenges. Veterans who are continuing their education at the University of Houston soon will have additional support in overcoming any obstacles thanks to a newly renovated UH Veterans’ Services Office (VSO).

To celebrate this office’s growth and commitment to UH’s veteran population, a grand opening event will be held from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 4 in the VSO – Room 268 of UH’s University Center. This event is free and open to the public. Food and door prizes will be available.

The renovated office has doubled its space to approximately 1,700 square feet and now offers additional computers, new computer terminals designed for students with disabilities and a new study room. Also, new artwork has been donated by student and veteran Sean Graves, who is providing a collection of antique lithographs featuring historic battles.

“Expanding our office allows us to expand our services to veterans at UH,” said Allen Grundy, coordinator of VSO.

The VSO provides veterans enrolled at UH assistance in a number of areas including UH’s admissions process and making the transition to civilian life. It also offers referrals for credit evaluation of military training and Veterans Administration health benefits. The VSO also provides access to computers, phones and fax services.

“It’s not always easy for a veteran to make the transition from military life into the civilian world,” Grundy said. “Many veterans have become disabled, so the challenges become even greater. This office’s mission is to help mentor and help veterans. We do this by offering academic resources and through our partnerships with campus organizations such as the Center for Students with DisAbilities.”

For more information about the VSO or the grand opening event, call 713-743-5490.

WHAT: Veterans Services Office Grand Opening Event
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 4
Official dedication at noon.
WHERE: University Center, Room 268
University of Houston
Entrance 1
WHO: University of Houston Veterans' Services Office

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