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Felix Zacharias, president of KU's Collegiate Veterans Association, speaks to members of the campus community at the opening of KU's veterans lounge on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The new lounge area, 306 Burge Union, is equipped with computer workstations, a widescreen TV and furniture items donated by KU Memorial Unions and local businesses. An Iraq war veteran, Zacharias is a senior in political science from Wichita.

New veterans lounge opens in Burge Union

Thanks to the support of KU Memorial Unions and local businesses, members of the Collegiate Veterans Association and all KU student veterans now have a special place of their own on the KU campus.

The Student Veterans Lounge, located in Room 306 on the upper level of Burge Union, was formally opened on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, with a ceremony and reception.

“We approached the Union with this idea, and they were eager to help,” said Felix Zacharias, president of the Collegiate Veterans Association.

The 300-square-foot room formerly housed KU’s Trademark and Licensing Office. It now features a table and chairs, a sofa, three computer work stations, a bookshelf and a television-DVD unit.

KU Memorial Unions provided $8,000 for the work stations and refurbished space. J&J Carpets of Lawrence discounted the cost of new carpeting, and Scott Rice Office Works discounted the cost of three task chairs. The makeover cost $9,200.

“With the new educational benefits provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, we expect to see more and more veterans attending KU,” said Betty Childers, adviser to the student group and certifying official in the Office of Veterans Services. “The lounge gives those students a place to drop in, connect with other veterans, and hold meetings.”

“We’re very grateful to the unions and the local companies for their support of KU veterans,” said Zacharias, a senior political science major from Wichita who joined the Marines right out of high school. The lounge will be open during Burge Union’s regular operating hours.

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