Butte College is honoring veterans with a special ceremony on Nov. 8 at the main campus, 3536 Butte Campus Drive, Oroville.
The Veterans Day Celebration will be held 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m in the Library--Center for Excellence. The ceremony will include presentations by Dr. Kimberly Perry, Butte College President, Dennis Payne, President, Student Veterans Organization, Posting of the Colors by the Beale Air Force Base Honor Guard, and James Childers, a US Navy Veteran will perform a musical tribute. The National Anthem will be sung by Matthew Mitchell, a Butte College student. The guest speaker will be Obie Wickersham, a WWII Veteran and Korean War POW. He was in the 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper and was in the Battle of the Bulge, in addition to fighting at Anzio on D-Day. After WWII, he married, and was called to duty again for the Korean War. He was captured and spent more than two years in a Chinese POW Camp. The event is free and open to the public.
The Butte College Veterans Resource Center, an extension of the Office of Veterans Services, was established Spring 2008 and is highly regarded as one of the top veterans resource centers among the California community colleges.
The center provides services to more than 280 veterans on active GI Bills as well as student veterans who have previously received the GI Bill. On busy days up to 90 veterans may visit the center. The center provides educational and financial aid information; disabled veterans compensation information; unemployment benefits (EDD, DSPS, county veterans office) information; peer support, mentoring and textbook exchange; free printing, copying and faxing; 12 computers with adaptive software; graphing calculators for loan; referrals to the on-campus mental health specialist; guest presentations, resume writing; financial aid information, and application assistance.
As the number of veterans returning from the overseas conflicts continues to increase, the VRC's goal is to help them complete their education or continue on to additional levels of academia by connecting them with existing community services and advocating for the development of new services.
Center staff are veterans who have attended or are currently attending Butte College, and who treat their fellows with an empathy and respect born of shared experience especially when they are seeking help with such serious issues as Traumatic Brain Injury, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Substance Abuse.
The Veterans Resource Center is located on the Butte College main campus, Swing Space C and is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.