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4:03 PM, Aug 24, 2010   |    comments
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It has converted one of its older buildings, Roudebush Cottage, into a center where student veterans can find almost all the services they need.

"You don't have to wait behind other students who are receiving different services from the financial aid office," Ivan Virruet, a sophomore at UNC who served overseas, said.

Lucus DeKinder runs Roudebush Cottage, which just opened up as the veterans services office a month ago. He says help with financial aid is just one service offered at Roudebush.

"We serve as a hub for all of the other services on campus, to get them tutoring or counseling or whatever else they need," he said.

The house also provides comfortable work and lounge areas, plus a kitchen.

DeKinder says military veterans often differ from other students in both age and experience, which makes a "getaway" that much more appealing.

"This is a house that's got a really homey feel, people feel very welcome, they can come relax," DeKinder said.

Michael Chandler, a junior at UNC and a military veteran, says he looked for places like Roudebush at other universities he has attended.

"There's nothing comparable at other schools like this," he said.

His wife, Rebeka, agreed.

"I love it," she said. "It's really focused on veterans and it makes your service feel valued."

Making Roudebush feel like a home was actually quite easy, DeKinder said. That's because, back in the day, it was used by the Home Economics Department. It was the perfect place to train aspiring housewives.

Today, it still provides a home for those who need one.

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