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Local vet funds student veterans’ center at Lynn campus

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North Shore Community College student and Marine veteran Michael O’Brien of North Reading studies in the new Lynn Campus Veterans Center.

Student veterans now have a space of their own on North Shore Community College’s Lynn campus.

The college recently opened a Student Veterans Center at the Lynn campus similar to the one on its Danvers campus for the past few years.

The new center, located in room LW218, was created and outfitted with the help of a donation from Binkley and Paula Shorts of Wenham. Binkley, a Vietnam veteran, also significantly contributed to the cost of opening the Danvers Student Veterans Center.

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The two centers, which each include a lounge area, a conference room, and offices, are intended to provide dedicated study and socialization space for the college’s 350 student veterans and active military members, and for them to receive assistance from college staff on applying for veterans’ benefits and with their studies.

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“The new center here in Lynn will undoubtedly make a world of difference in hundreds of student veterans’ lives,” Thomas Hardy, a Marine Corps veteran and student president of North Shore Community College’s Veterans Club, said in a statement.

“Transitioning to life as both a civilian and a student from the military is no easy task but the Veterans Center is filled with others with whom we share a common experience and who will provide support throughout our educational journeys and beyond.”

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.