By Courteney Kauffmann
Cuesta Collegeâ€™s Veterans Resource Center encouraged all attendees to wear green to â€œLuck of the Vetsâ€ resource fair.Â The fair featured various local agencies specifically aimed at providing information on the local resources and services available to veterans.
â€œWe just hope we can get a lot of information out to vets on what the community has to offer,â€ said Karen Andrews, Cuesta Collegeâ€™s Veterans Affairs Certifying Official.
The event was put on for student and local veterans in the community. The fair was set up at Cuesta Collegeâ€™s San Luis Obispo campus on March 17 (Saint Patrick’s Day) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in room 5401.
Several tables were scattered around the room displaying Saint Patrick’s Day themed decorations with goodies for attendees to take, along with a free corn beef lunch, a projector screen presentation and booths displaying each local agency. Some of the agencies that were on site for the event included:
- Cuesta Collegeâ€™s Active Minds Club, which aims to increase awareness on issues regarding mental health by providing resources and encouragement to seek help and a supportive environment.
- New Life K9s, a local non-profit that trains service dogs for veterans that have post traumatic stress disorder.
- Waypoint Coaching & Consulting, an organization dedicated to providing free coaching to returning veterans who are returning to civilian life.
- Honor Flight Central Coast, an organization created to honor Americaâ€™s veterans for their sacrifices by bringing veterans to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials.
Though this particular event is unrelated to Cuestaâ€™s Book of the Year event, the school is teaming up with local libraries to bring the community a month full of veteran-themed discussions and workshops.