'We try to help vets get to the benefits they need'

EUGENE, Ore. -- After a year of operations, volunteers working with the Veteran Service Center at Lane Community College said their program is growing stronger.

In the beginning, the group had just 10 members. Now Veterans Club president Ricky Lejeune McNulty said they have over 170.

"We try to help vets get to the benefits they need for their families," said McNulty. "So if you're a young vet, and you're having difficulty. Whether it's financially or emotionally, that's what we're here for."

They've also added new technological resources for veterans from 17 to 70 years old, like laptops that students can check out for the entire semester.

"There are a lot of benefits for vets. The biggest problem is that most vets don't know, and most younger vets aren't willing to ask," said McNulty.

LCC has more than 1,000 student veterans, and the club hopes to extend their resources to all of them.

"Just knowing they're here is a lot of help, right there," said LCC Veterans Services member John Lehnherr.

McNulty said the most important aspect of the club is giving veterans other people to talk to that can relate to the experience of returning to civilian life. For more information about the veterans resources at LCC