LA PLATA, MD – Today, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) visited the Veterans Lounge at the College of Southern Maryland’s La Plata campus and participated in a roundtable with CSM President Dr. Bradley Gottfried, student veterans, and representatives from student veteran organizations to discuss how he is working in Congress to assist veterans in the Fifth District and across the country. CSM’s Veterans Lounge opened in November 2015 and provides student veterans with a dedicated space on campus where they can find academic resources and veteran-specific support.
“I’m proud that Maryland’s Fifth Congressional District has a long tradition of sending dedicated and talented men and women to our Armed Forces – and that they serve our country with honor and make a difference through their service,” said Congressman Hoyer. “I’m very impressed with the new veterans lounge here on campus, which will serve as a gathering point for student veterans and veterans from the community to come together and support one another. It also represents the College of Southern Maryland’s ongoing commitment to veterans on campus and making sure they have access to resources that help them in their transition and their academics.”
“Throughout my tenure in Congress, I have strongly believed that our nation must meet its commitment to those who have put their lives on the line for all of us,” continued Congressman Hoyer. “That’s why I’ve pushed for reforms to help end the VA backlog, resources to reduce the suicide rate among veterans, and additional housing for homeless veterans here in Southern Maryland. In addition, I continue to focus on expanding access to health care for veterans in Southern Maryland through a new, ADA-compliant CBOC in Charlotte Hall and a new CBOC satellite site in Lexington Park. I thank Dr. Gottfried, student veterans, and representatives from student veteran organizations for joining me today to discuss additional actions I can take in Congress to help Maryland veterans navigate the challenges of reintegration and life after separation from service.”