UMFK adds veterans club for students

FORT KENT, Maine —  UMFK has added a veterans club on campus.

UMFK nursing student, veteran, and former commander of the American Legion Martin-Klein Post 133 Duane Belanger worked with staff representative Joyce Plourde to form the Student Veterans Association last semester.

The association is an authorized chapter of Student Veterans of America.

“The goal is to provide an opportunity for veterans to get together to support each other with resources that maximize their ability to succeed in their education pursuits,” Belanger said. Student Veterans of America provides support, scholarships, and leadership training for members.

There are currently 35 UMFK students who attend the university on military benefits, according to Belanger.

“We are working with UMFK facilities management to identify a location to create a veterans lounge,” Belanger said. “The veterans lounge would be a place for veterans to congregate, study, and meet with counselors” such as representatives from veterans outreach centers or other service-related support groups.

Belanger said his goal is to have the space identified this coming spring semester.  

The first meeting of the UMFK Student Veterans Association will take place during the first week of February. Belanger said he would like to welcome all UMFK students who are veterans to join the club, whether they are attending on military benefits or not.

For more information on the new campus group, email or

For more information about Student Veterans of America visit the organization’s website

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