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Vets get dedicated lounge at Murray State

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony opens veterans' lounge at Murray State College. (KTEN) Ribbon-cutting ceremony opens veterans' lounge at Murray State College. (KTEN)
"The Bunker" at Murray State College (KTEN) "The Bunker" at Murray State College (KTEN)

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- Murray State College is giving its veterans a place to call home.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Paul J. Park Student Center Tuesday officially opened a new veterans' lounge. "The Bunker" will give military veterans a place to relax, do school work, and visit with other veterans.

"There was not an opportunity for our veteran students to gather in one spot that had different majors across campus or are attending in different places," explained Murray State President Joy McDaniel. "So we felt like it was important to provide them with a place to do that."

Johnston County veterans on hand for the opening believe places like the lounge are very important.

"You see a lot of colleges today that's doing that for their people... not just for the veteran side of the house, but for safe zones and for other things," said U.S. Navy veteran Hayden Woods. "It makes absolutely perfect sense for the veterans to have a space for themselves, too."

Stan Sewell, chairman of the Johnston County Veterans Center, appreciates the effort being made by the college.

"They have a place to meet with other veterans," he said. "It's just a wonderful thing, with all of the things that's going on in our country right now, Murray State is stepping up to the plate and trying to make a difference."

Murray State said there are more than 75 veteran students on campus who will be able take advantage of The Bunker.

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