Quinnipiac University’s veterans have a new resource to help them help each other, area veterans and the broader university community.
The undergraduate veterans organization, which was founded last year by Ian McAfee, is being expanded this year by sophomore Matthew Bolton and junior Eric Eisenreich.
“Our primary goals are really to support the veterans who are on campus and incoming veterans who have questions about their benefits,” said Bolton, who is also the organization’s president and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. “We would also like to support local injured veterans, deployed veterans and to spread awareness around campus that Quinnipiac has veterans who are still serving on some level or another in the military.”
Bolton said he hopes to involve more undergraduate students through fundraisers for supplies and money to benefit families of injured and killed veterans.
The group is planning to show “The Invisible War” in conjunction with Alpha Chi Omega and the Wish Foundation on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. on Burt Kahn Court. They are expecting as many as 200 students, faculty and staff members to attend.
“It is kind of like this big ball of energy,” Bolton said. “By revamping this organization, we have had outreach from Senior Vice President [of Academic and Student Affairs] Mark Thompson on down. Everyone has been so supportive.”
Veterans offer a lot to the university community, Bolton said, including their overseas experiences.
There are currently 20 veterans involved with the organization, Bolton said.
Students wishing to get involved with the undergraduate veterans organization should email Bolton at his university email address.