LCCC Student Veterans Lounge
Robert (Bob) H. Flyer, pictured above, was a highly respected colleague and a proud US Navy Veteran, who served in the Vietnam War. His passion for veterans helped the Student Veterans Lounge become a reality, with assistance from the LCCC Student Veterans Fund, and now renamed the Bob Flyer Memorial Student Veterans Fund.
As a direct support organization for Lorain County Community College, the LCCC Foundation manages a number of programmatic funds. Often funds are developed to support assistance or programing that the college provides to groups of students with a unique set of needs. One such group is military veterans.
In 2014 the LCCC Foundation launched a micro campaign to raise funds to support services that the College hoped to provide for student veterans. A major part of this initiative was to provide a lounge space designated for students who have served our country in the armed forces. Many veterans have expressed that one of the most difficult adjustments when transitioning to civilian and student life is the loss of the camaraderie and support systems that they built with those fellow service members. The LCCC Student Veterans Lounge is one way that the College extends support to military veterans as they transition to live as a student. The lounge is a dedicated study and community space where student veterans can gather to build friendships and support one another as they advance their education.
Thanks to the generosity of the FirstMerit Foundation’s lead gift of $10,000 and the support of local veterans organizations, the College was able to renovate space on the second floor of the College Center building to create the LCCC Student Veterans Lounge. The College and the LCCC Foundation were thrilled to dedicate this important space on Veterans Day, November 11, 2014. The Bob Flyer Memorial Student Veterans Fund, formerly the LCCC Student Veterans Fund, will also support Veterans initiatives across campus as well as scholarships opportunities for Veterans and their families.
“It is the feeling that you get in boot camp, the feeling that no one understands … The family that you get in the military, the support… they care for you as much as your family. This lounge brings a little of that back. That camaraderie that you miss. That family of people that understand me and speak my language. I can go to that lounge and be me. This lounge is a home.”
Esperanza Correa, Navy Veteran and LCCC Student