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New facility to educate veterans to further careers

By: WJAC Web Staff

ALTOONA, Pa. -- Veterans all of the world will now be able to receive education after being discharged from the military, giving veterans hope when they come home and also creating jobs for the area.

"I was actually dead in a bunker, other guy was killed," said Dennis Butts, United States Veterans Education Institute chairman. "I went through a light then I heard a voice saying you can't go, you can't go back."

After recovering Butts had a vision, and now that vision is a reality, giving veterans a place to further their education.

The United States Veterans Education Institute will open at Bon Secour Hospital, which the institute is in the process of purchasing from UPMC Altoona.  

Partnering with local businesses and Clarion University, veterans are going to be housed and offered benefits while being taught everything from math to technology.

To be part of the program, veterans have to apply and meet certain criteria.

We are doing everything we can to help the vets, said Chief Administrative Officer Athena Duva.

We are going to exhaust all of the options to make sure they have every resource provided to them that they never experience, said Director of Special Operations Justin Slep.

This is to start soon. The hospital will be signed for on Jan. 30, and demolition and major construction will follow.


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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times