Daemen College Student Veterans Alliance Lead VFW Rescue Project

Daemen College Student Veterans Alliance Lead VFW Rescue Project, Joining VFW Post 2940 in Historic Vote


March 20, 2013



Contacts: Mike Andrei

                  Director-College Relations

                  (716) 839-8472



                  Marlene Roll

                  Veterans of Foreign Wars Service Officer

                  Individual & Family Services

                  Buffalo/Niagara Area

                  (716) 949-7840



                  Kala Roberts

                  Communications Associate

                  Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.

                  Kansas City, MO  64111

                  (816) 968-2748



            Members of the Daemen Student Veterans Alliance (SVA) are leading a project to breathe new life into a Western New York VFW post. Led by the Daemen SVA, together with other local Student Veterans of America chapters, Harvey D. Morin Post 2940, 965 Center Road in West Seneca, will take on new members from the student veterans’ organizations this Saturday, March 23, 2013.


            Approximately 28-30 student veterans will be inducted into Post 2940, becoming members, and stepping up into leadership roles as young veterans. The members will start the day with a closed orientation and Officers Training Institute, before breaking for lunch at noon.


Please note: Media coverage of this event is welcomed. Members of the press are asked to please arrive at Noon-12:30. The regular Post 2940 meeting will begin following lunch, and new student veterans will be voted into the Post at that time.


            “This is a significant event – student veterans are joining an established VFW Post, and accepting key positions, in a concerted effort to start the next generation of VFW members,” said Daemen SVA President Frank Grillo, a U.S. Army combat veteran.


            “I would like to point out that this project would not have been feasible without the strong support of others in the veterans’ community. I want to thank Marlene Roll, and SVA National Director Mike Dakduk for their valuable assistance, facilitating, and guiding us along.”


            “By seizing the initiative, members of the Daemen Student Veterans Alliance have shown that there are young veterans ready and willing to step up into leadership roles,” said Daemen President Dr. Gary Olson. “The success of this project is a model for other young veterans across the country.”


            The Vision of the Daemen SVA is for all veterans to succeed in higher education, achieve their academic goals, and gain meaningful employment. The Daemen SVA seeks to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

Daemen College thanks all veterans for their service, and welcomes veterans to the College. The Daemen Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services is designed to be a comprehensive program to provide aid and assistance to veterans seeking a degree from Daemen College. For additional information on veterans programs at Daemen College visit www.daemen.edu/veterans , or contact Walter O. Gordon, Director, Daemen College Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services, (716) 839-8225. 

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