October 8, 2013 James Revillini

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Tunxis Community College recently received over $4,000 for its student veterans with the help of a $2,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation and $2,500 donation from a Farmington VFW fundraiser.

The funds will be used to support the operation of the Tunxis Veterans’ OASIS student veterans’ center, and provide supplemental counseling, emergency funds, and social activities for the student veterans.

“We are grateful for all of the support our veterans receive, and hope this will assist many in their transition from active duty to college,” said Karen DeBari, Tunxis Veteran’s Club advisor. All funding for the Tunxis Veterans’ OASIS comes from donations.

Founded in 2009, the Tunxis Veterans’ OASIS is part of a larger initiative started in 2008 by the Connecticut Department of Veterans’ Affairs to form OASIS Centers at all of Connecticut’s public colleges and universities where returning veteran students can connect, study, encourage each other and share their experiences as they transition back into civilian life and pursue their degrees. OASIS stands for Operation Academic Support for Incoming Service members.

Tunxis currently has over 245 veterans on campus, a number that is expected to grow.

For more information on how to donate funds to the Tunxis Veterans’ OASIS, call 860.773.1357. Those who would like more on veterans benefits for education at Tunxis can call 860.773.1423 or email dwelsh@tunxis.edu. Visit the Tunxis website at tunxis.edu for more on associate degree and certificate programs. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington.