STOCKTON — Delta College officially dedicates the Leo P. Burke Veteran Resource Center on Saturday, Nov. 10, 10 a.m. at the DeRicco Student Services Building.
The new Veteran Resource Center is named to honor the late Leo P. Burke, World War II veteran and longtime Delta College trustee. Burke served 29 years on Delta’s board, including five terms as board president. Burke was a proud United States Marine, serving in the Pacific Theater. He never forgot his comrades in arms, devoting a great portion of his life to bettering the lives of our veterans.
Burke’s dedication to veteran services include: President of the Disabled American Veterans Charities of San Joaquin County; Chairman of the California Veterans Board; Member of the Governor’s Commission on Veterans Homes (appointed by governors of both political parties); Elected National Vice-Commander of the American Legion.
Burke was appointed by the United States Secretary of Veterans Affairs to serve on the Advisory Committee of Cemeteries and Memorials. He also served at the federal level as a delegate to the White House Conferences on Aging in 1995 and 2002, which deliberated elderly veterans’ issues.
The Leo P. Burke Veteran Resource Center is part of the “Troops to College Initiative,” which works to attract more veterans to public colleges by making them more veteran-friendly. The Center provides computers, workshops, tutors, counseling, a quiet study area for veterans to do homework and network with veterans and volunteer staff.
Located in DeRicco 151, the Leo P. Burke Veteran Resource Center is open Monday thru Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center is staffed by veterans for veterans. For more information, call the Veteran Resource Center - (209) 954-5151, x6151, or visit: http://www.deltacollege.edu/dept/troops/VeteranResourceCenter.html.