Delta College Dedicates the Leo P. Burke Veteran Resource Center | Community
With family, friends, state and local officials in attendance, San Joaquin Delta College officially dedicated the the Leo P. Burke Veteran Resource Center on Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. at the DeRicco Student Services Building.
San Joaquin Delta College’s new Veteran Resource Center is named to honor the late Leo P. Burke, World War II veteran and longtime Delta College trustee. Mr. Burke served 29 years on Delta’s board, including five terms as board president. Leo Burke was a proud United States Marine, serving in the Pacific Theater. He never forgot his comrades in arms, devoting a great portion of his life to bettering the lives of our veterans.
Mr. Burke’s dedication to veteran services include: President of the Disabled American Veterans Charities of San Joaquin County; Chairman of the California Veterans Board; Member of the Governor’s Commission on Veterans Homes (appointed by governors of both political parties); Elected National Vice-Commander of the American Legion.
In 2002, Mr. Burke was appointed by the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs to serve on the Advisory Committee of Cemeteries and Memorials. He also served at the federal level as a delegate to the White House Conferences on Aging in 1995 and 2002, which deliberated elderly veterans’ issues.
The Leo P. Burke Veteran Resource Center is part of the “Troops to College Initiative,” which works to attract more veterans to public colleges by making them more veteran-friendly. The Center provides computers, workshops, tutors, counseling, a quiet study area for veterans to do homework and network with veterans and volunteer staff.
“Research has shown us that vets need other vets,” says Delta College Superintendent/ President, Kathleen Hart. “The Leo P. Burke Veteran Resource Center will allow veterans to meet and access resources that support their educational goals. Whether it’s housing or obtaining veterans benefits, this is the place where veterans will get the support they need to be successful Delta College students.”
Denise Donn, Director of Financial Aid & Veteran Services, is proud Delta College has once again been recognized as a “2013 Military Friendly School” by Victory Media. "Delta College will continue to make the extra effort to help our veterans achieve their academic and career goals. It's important that those who put their lives on the line for their country know Delta College is their dedicated partner. Our commitment will not waver."
Located in DeRicco 151, the Leo P. Burke Veteran Resource Center is open Monday thru Friday,
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The center is staffed by veterans for veterans. For more information, call the Veteran Resource Center - (209) 954-5151, x6151, or visit:
Leo P. Burke Delta College Veteran Resource Center - DeRicco 151
M - F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(209) 954-5151, x6151