With a new office, new adviser and a renewed commitment to returning veterans, Merced College said its veterans club is producing T-shirts and polo shirts with a new logo.
"Recently our veteran's club partnered with Tim O'Neill, owner of Merced's Image Masters, to design a logo representing the members military identity and current academic ambitions at Merced College" said club adviser Cary Coburn.
"We'd like to thank Image Masters for donating their time and expertise in designing a logo that is used on our club shirts and stationary," Dr. Coburn said.
The design of the logo was donated by Merced business Image Masters. O'Neill said the project was personal as well as professional. "This was the right thing to do," O'Neill said. "These men and women made huge sacrifices in defense of our freedom and now the club leaders are volunteering their time to organize and help other returning vets.”
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The Military Veterans of Merced College Club is composed mainly of military veterans who are using their GI Bill benefits. "We also have members who are no longer eligible to use their educational benefits and we welcome non-veteran students that support veteran causes," Coburn said.
The club was formed in 2010 to provide a social forum where student vets share information and resources regarding a variety of issues they face as they transition from military life to academia.
"The club has participated in a variety of community activities, such as the Veterans Day Parade and recent 9/11 First Responders Parade,” Coburn said.
With a new logo and a new presence on campus, Coburn said the club is working hard to connect with the college's veteran population. The club is also working to build relationships with area veterans groups such as Merced's American Legion Post No. 83.
Club shirts are on display at the Veterans Resource Center and can be bought for $20 for T-shirts and $30 for polo shirts. Proceeds are used to help sponsor club activities.
To learn more about the Military Veterans of Merced College and the College's Veterans Resource Center, call (209) 384-6118.Sun-Star staff