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Hiram College officials have announced that they are renovating space in a residence hall to house military veterans and their families. Renovation of the facility, Henry Hall, includes conversion of 44 double occupancy rooms into single private quarters for veterans attending Hiram under the post 9/11 GI Bill. The new dedicated space will be named Freedom Center at Henry Hall.

“There are a growing number of veterans returning from service who are interested in pursuing their dreams of a college education,” said Hiram College President Tom Chema. “We’re taking steps to meet the needs of our service men and women, welcoming them into our community and exposing them to the Hiram brand of education which will prepare them well for this next phase of their lives.”

Hiram has partnered with Patriot Development, LLC to undertake the renovation project which is ongoing and will be completed before Spring Semester classes begin at Hiram on January 13, 2014. As part of the launch of the initiative, the first 20 veterans to sign on to the program will receive free housing for the first two months of their time at Hiram.

“Our goal is to provide the best environment for the successful transition from the military back into civilian life,” said Hiram DeJesus, President of Patriot Development. “What Hiram offers returning veterans is a beautiful setting just 40 minutes away from the vibrant metropolitan areas of Cleveland, Akron-Canton and Youngstown-Warren. This allows for the readjustment that experts consider crucial to bringing out the best of our country’s valuable human assets.”

Hiram’s new residential offerings for veterans follow the action specified in the “Sea of Goodwill” document issued by the former Joint Chiefs Chairman, Admiral Mike Mullen, according to DeJesus.

For more information, call 440-785-3234 or email at hiram@patriotdevelopmentgroup.com

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5 Comments

  1. Sue MillerJanuary 16, 2014 at 2:13 pmReply

    This is a wonderful effort by the college to help our returning veterans get on with their lives and pursue their hopes and dreams. k Kudos to all making this happen!

  2. John SawyerJanuary 16, 2014 at 3:39 pmReply

    Great move Hiram! It’s great to honor and reward recent veterans with this on camus housing!

  3. Jeff WomackJanuary 16, 2014 at 9:23 pmReply

    Agreed. As a Marine vet and Hiram alum, I only wish this level of support was present during my time there. Those guys need as much demilitarization assistance as possible. Hiram was that place for me.

  4. Barbara PasseroJanuary 17, 2014 at 12:10 amReply

    I lived on the 2nd floor of Henry Hall my first three years at Hiram (from Sept. 1964 – June 1967); I moved to 3rd floor Miller in September 1967. In those days, the Viet Nam War was heating up and many who served in the military were subjected to the anger of Americans who hated that useless war.

    I hope returning servicemen and women and their families take advantage of this opportunity to study and live in a much more peaceful place than they’ve been.

    I’m proud that my old dorm — maybe my old room — will be doing good service for returning military personnel. YEA, HIRAM!

  5. Linda MezoJanuary 17, 2014 at 7:14 pmReply

    Way to Go Hiram! This is exactly what service folks need. Having concrete help in the form of housing is a step in the right direction to help support vets who need to see our gratitude for their sacrifices. I am proud of this venture!

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