Center helps vets transition from soldier to student

Center helps vets transition from soldier to student

. - is planning to help thousands of veterans in need with the opening of it's new Alfred Lerner Veterans Services Center.

The center will offer an array of support services for veterans who need assistance with benefits, career development, enrolling in school, and much more.

The center is named in honor of Alfred Lerner, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, philanthropist, and a former owner of the Cleveland Browns.

Tri-C estimates that the center will help 10,000 veterans each year.

Michael Williams attends Cuyahoga Community College where he's studying to become a social worker. Williams says he's on track now, but his life was challenging after he served in the military.

"I was in the Army. I served my time in the Vietnam War and I had ups and downs," said Williams, who is just one of  many veterans experiencing difficulties after serving their country.

"They go through life experiences that people back home don't understand," said Scott Blackburn with the Department of Veteran Affairs.

"One if the fastest growing rates of homeless veterans are single mothers, so if we can be there be of service Thanks to the Alfred learning centers and what we can do for families than we can make a difference," said Rick DeChant, Executive Director of the Veterans Initiative at Cuyahoga Community College.

"We will now have a family room for special meetings and training, and an office for representatives from those agencies outside of the school to come and meet with folks so they don't have to go downtown," said DeChant.

The center officially opens on Monday, but Williams already sees promise. 

"You can put a team in place to help you be more successful at what you're doing and I think that's a wonderful thing."

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