The University of Toledo Military Service Center will host the grand opening of the Veteran’s Lounge Thursday, Sept. 4, at 11:30 a.m.The lounge, located in Rocket Hall Room 1529, is the former site of the Military Service Center, a one-stop shop for students utilizing military educational benefits, that is now in Rocket Hall Room 1350. Access to the lounge also is extended to dependents and spouses who are using Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits.
“The Veteran’s Lounge is an extension of the University’s commitment to student veterans and those currently serving. Our setup is similar to a USO lounge available at airports throughout the country,” said Navy Reserve Lt. Haraz N. Ghanbari, UT military liaison. “We wanted to create an atmosphere that would allow them to study, relax or enjoy some camaraderie. Access to the lounge is granted with coding to the student ID card.”
The new Veteran’s Lounge was made possible through donations from Whirlpool-Clyde Operations and the Ohio Army National Guard.
Donations include a refrigerator/freezer, microwave, one-cup coffee maker, toaster, couches, and a flat-screen TV with cable and Xbox game system, as well as two computer stations and a study table. The computer stations are capable of reading common access cards used by active-duty, National Guard and reserve members.
An open house and small lunch are scheduled following the opening ceremony.
Those interested in donating snacks, coffee and beverages for the lounge should contact Ghanbari at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419.530.4137.