About a year and a half ago Bruce Gamradt walked into the student lounge at Palm Beach State College’s Palm Beach Gardens campus and immediately knew veterans wouldn’t feel comfortable there.
It was too noisy and crowded. The resident of Ibis Golf & Country Club in suburban West Palm Beach would know, he’s a veteran, too.
It took some time to find the appropriate space but now there’s a place on the second floor of the library that’s more quiet and peaceful, an area veterans would feel comfortable in, Gamradt said.
Gamradt, achieved his goal by asking his organization, the Ibis Friends of Veterans Charitable Org. Inc., for help. A donation of $25,000 was given to the school to open the resource center. It’s furnished with coffee machines, sitting areas, a computer area and snacks. It’s a place for veterans to learn about available benefits, to plan for the future, to study, socialize or just to have moments of quiet.
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