“Vet Event” donation to assist NSCC student veterans in need

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NSCC President Patricia Gentile, Jenn Bettencourt, Rick Bettencourt, NSCC Veterans Services Coordinator Kristine Babcock

A $3,000 donation from Rick and Jenn Bettencourt of VET Event will allow NSCC to assist student veterans in crisis.

The Bettencourts, who reside in Danvers, graciously selected NSCC’s Veterans Center to be the recipient of the proceeds of this year’s fundraising activities of their 501(c)(3) nonprofit VET Event. The funds will be used to assist NSCC student veterans in time of need or crisis through its Veterans SAVE Fund.

“We are so fortunate to have folks in our community that truly care about the well-being of our student veterans,” said Kristine Babcock, NSCC Veterans Services Coordinator. “We are very grateful for Rick and Jenn’s donation, which will provide us the opportunity to meet timely critical student veteran needs.”

In the past five years, VET Event has raised over $40,000 to support local veterans, their families and veterans organizations. “Neither my wife or I served but we both have very long family histories of military service dating back to World War II. We created VET Event when I began hearing a lot about veterans having trouble accessing benefits,” said Rick Bettencourt, who is a certified military housing specialist.

“What was important to us is that the money we raise goes to support the multitude of veteran’s organizations on the North Shore that have needs. NSCC is appealing to us as I have seen first-hand the difference it makes for veterans when they access their education benefits. Getting an education makes them 100% stronger,” Bettencourt said.

“We are pleased that our donation will be used for critical student veteran’s needs. When people are in trouble or need assistance, they don’t need to get caught up in bureaucracy or red tape,” he noted.

NSCC serves approximately 325 student veterans and their families annually and is recognized nationally as a Military Friendly School. The college has a well-utilized student Veterans Center on its Danvers campus, with plans underway to open one this spring on its Lynn campus.

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