North Honors Vets with BBQ November 10

North Seattle College is proud to be a Military Friendly College and is honoring its veterans with a Veteran BBQ on Monday, November 10. If you are a veteran (student, staff or faculty member or reading this as a member of the local community), join us in front of the Veterans Lounge (College Center Buildling room CC 1451B, opposite The Grove) from 1200 to 1330 hours. There’ll be grilled burgers,  brats and good company! If you are a North student and are interested in joining the Veterans Club, come meet other veterans at the BBQ and sign up at the Veterans Lounge to become a club member.

North’s Office of Veterans Services helps veterans receive their GI bill and other educational benefits. We have 450-500 veterans on campus this fall, 200 of whom are using GI Bill benefits or military tuition assistance. Veterans Services can help vets take advantage of the 50 percent tuition waiver available to some Washington state veterans and the 100 percent tuition waiver for dependents of disabled vets.

Kevin, an army reservist who is studying biology at North, endorses the Veterans Services on campus:
I think the experience at community colleges is better than at four-years in many ways because you get one-on-one time with faculty, it’s affordable, and you meet people on a personal level. North is especially good for veterans. It’s very military-friendly and they do a good job of explaining your benefits.

North has been named a top “Military Friendly School” every year since 2009. Victory Media placed North on this list of the top 20 percent of higher education institutions that do the most to ensure the success of vets and their families.

The office works hard to welcome vets fully as they leave the service, helping them navigate the VA system, fielding questions about education, offering help with housing, providing medical and counseling referrals, and supporting every veteran’s adjustment to student life. The office is a link to veteran associations and helps increase veteran awareness on campus.

Gregg Tessensohn, Veterans Affairs director, is a vet himself and knows the challenges of the transition from military to civilian life and the importance of honoring the contribution made by America’s veterans. He suggests that that there are great resources on the Web for veterans’ remembrance, including the history of American veterans’ experiences and their myriad accomplishments.

For example, see the history of the Tuskegee Airmen, African-Amerian pilots who served in WWII. Read about the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, composed of Americans of Japanese ancestry. Learn about the Battle of Mogadishu, in Somalia in 1993. And review the history of women in the armed forces.

For more information from the Veterans Services Office, call (206) 934-7309 or visit

Posted on: November 6th, 2014 at 14:02:15

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