Members of the UNC-Chapel Hill community on Thursday dedicated the Carolina Veterans Resource Center, which will house a study space, a lounge, conference and meeting space and a lactation room.

Four years ago, in a small room tucked away in the Student Union, Trustee Haywood Cochrane and then Carolina student Jacob Hinton sketched out a vision of a resource center for the University’s veterans.

They scribbled their plan on the back of a napkin.

On Sept. 28, their vision became a reality as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill officially opened the Carolina Veterans Resource Center, a space designated for veterans and military-affiliated students.

“This is a recognition of what you have done, and what you will do for this University,” Cochrane told the veterans at a ribbon cutting ceremony. “For me, this is a dream come true.”

Cochrane, Chancellor Carol L. Folt, and members of University’s military community were on hand for the ribbon cutting for the new center, which is located on South Campus in Odum Village.

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Originally published September 29, 2017.

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