New center puts vets, pups at ease

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NVC computer science sophomore Terrance McGlade and service dog Major demonstrate Wednesday some of the amenities of the Veteran's Lounge and Resource Center.  Photo by Giselle Guadron

NVC computer science sophomore Terrance McGlade and service dog Major demonstrate Wednesday some of the amenities of the Veteran’s Lounge and Resource Center. Photo by Giselle Guadron

Northwest Vista College veterans’ service dogs are welcome.

By Giselle Guadron

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Northwest Vista College has opened a new place for veterans to decompress, find resources and even get doggy treats.

The veterans lounge and resource center welcomes veterans with service dogs.

The center is equipped with dog beds, water bowls and treats for the service dogs.

Service dogs are a part of many veterans’ lives; they assist with different needs.

Computer science sophomore Terrance McGlade visited the center Sept. 9 with his service dog, Major.

“This is a much-needed asset to the campus,” he said.

Major even got to lie down in one of the dog beds and rested for a bit. Major is an American bull terrier mix with black lab, and he safeguards McGlade’s life.

“He lets me know when I have seizures, and because of that I am not scared to go out in public,” he said.

The veteran’s lounge and resource center opened Sept. 9 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Room 217 of Pecan Hall.

President Ric Baser noted the importance of the center.

“We’re giving a place for veterans to go and decompress and to get away,” he said.

There are over 2,000 veterans on the Northwest Vista campus and this center will provide them a safe haven.

The center is in memory of all veterans and dedicated to economics Professor Miguel Muñoz Sr., a Vietnam veteran who served with the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade. He died in February 2014.

Muñoz’s wife, Rosie Muñoz, and his children, Northwest Vista economics Professor Mike Muñoz Jr. and Linda Muñoz Zehr, attended the dedication.

“We’re honored that Northwest Vista College has recognized our father for services to our country and the college,” Zehr said.

Being a veteran, the elder Muñoz was aware of the difficulties veterans faced after their return and became an advocate for the Vet to Vet program at Northwest Vista.

The program is designed to help student veterans achieve both academic and personal success.

The program offers support to help veterans make their transition into civilian life easier.

The center offers a number of amenities for student veterans: snacks, a microwave, small fridge, television, computers, a resource board and patio seating.

After the ribbon-cutting, everyone proceeded outside to a celebration picnic.

For more information, call 210-486-4417 or visit www.alamo.edu/nvc/future-students/veterans/ or Room 110 of Cypress Campus Center.

For more information on Northwest Vista’s Vet to Vet program, visit www.alamo.edu/nvc/current-students/v2v/.

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