KAHULUI – The University of Hawaii Maui College will become the first campus in the university’s statewide system to add a resource center for veterans when a new center opens on Monday to student and local veterans.

The 700-square-foot space on campus was renovated in a day’s time on Friday by 15 volunteers from The Home Depot’s Kahului store, who took the day off to tackle all of the renovations. The project was funded by a $9,000 donation from The Home Depot Foundation.

Cody Snyder, president of the UH Maui Veterans Club, is a 10-year Army veteran with three deployments under his belt. He has been a student for the past year, helping to launch the UH Maui Veterans Club in January of this year. He envisions that this center will encourage more veterans to enroll in school and take advantage of the G.I. Bill.

“By setting up this resource center, we want to start upping the attendance and enrollment at college. Veteran students can come to school and receive up to $1,800 a month if they get good grades,” he said of available support. “There are a lot of veterans out there who are a little timid — it can be very intimidating to go into an office and speak to someone who is not a veteran who has a lot of other things on their plate. They come directly to us and we can have a fellow veteran show them around.”

Currently there are between 80 and 100 veterans enrolled at UH Maui College…

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