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Veterans Club Revived on Forest Park Campus

April 22, 2013

After years of being dormant, the Veterans Club has made a comeback  -- thanks to the efforts of Tracy Carpenter-Bond, district coordinator for veteran’s affairs, and enthusiastic people on the Forest Park campus.

Last year Bond, who also is a veteran, relaunched the club with one goal in mind: To provide a social group that would help veterans adjust to and become successful in civilian and college life.

“It can be hard transitioning back into civilian life after deployment,” Bond said.

She explained that the Veterans Club is here to help service women and men who have recently returned from active duty establish a “new normal” in their lives. Bond, who was a first class petty officer in the U.S. Navy, said that when she returned from her tour, which included deployment in North Carolina and Germany, she had been away from her family for five years.

She noted how challenging it was to get re-accustomed to civilian life.

“It is like jumping out of a moving vehicle,” she said. “You cannot get back in where you got out.” 

In looking toward the future, Bond believes the club will help veterans on campus develop skills that will allow them to balance work and family effectively and use their past experiences to help others.

Veterans, who are students at St. Louis Community College, receive information about the club through their school certifying official.

Presently, the Veterans Club meets once a month every second Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. Locations may vary due to room availability.

If you would like to join the Veteran’s Club or volunteer at one of their group-sponsored events, contact Mike Downey, faculty adviser, at 314-644-9276.

Officers for the upcoming school year are Wauneen Rucker, president, and DeVon Cook, vice president. The current term’s president is Dwayne Trout and Reginald Johnson is vice president.

Story by Daphne Rivers

Veterans Club

Faculty Adviser Mike Downey, District Veterans Affairs Coordinator Tracy Carpenter-Bond, and Club President Dwayne Trout.