Nov. 11, 2013
Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) marked Veterans Day honoring students and staff who have served in the military. The school also recognizes their service year-round through groups and events.
PVCC has more than 600 students who are veterans, active duty military, or military-relatives and was recently designated one of the nation's top military-friendly school. Veterans who attend PVCC say the school makes an extra effort to take care of veterans and military-related students.
"It's kind of just a close knit community. We stick together, we help each other study. We just go out of our way for each other. It's a really cool little community," said former United States Marine, and treasurer of the PVCC Veterans Club Cody Marshall.
The school held a ceremony and breakfast on Monday. Veterans spoke about the importance of helping service members and their families especially as they transition from active duty military life to civilian life.
Staff says the students appreciate how much the school reaches out to them year-round through the events and groups like Veterans Club.
"I spoke to a student the other day and he said this feels like home. That the students are able to connect with the instructors and that staff at the school, it's just very comfortable," said Military and Veterans Advisor Jacquelyn Fisher.
Fisher says she, and others at PVCC help veterans with the transition back into school, and see them through their time at PVCC.