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Bernie Kosar Sr., Carl Nunziato, Sen. Harry Meshel Bernie Kosar Sr., Carl Nunziato, Sen. Harry Meshel

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Ground was broken Wednesday for a $1.25 million Veterans Resource Center at Youngstown State University.

University officials and community leaders turned the first ceremonial shovels of dirt for the $1.25 million, 6,000 square foot center designed to expand services to veterans and service members transitioning to university student life at the university.

During his remarks made at the ceremony, Chairman of the YSU Board of Trustees, Dr. Sudershan Garg said he expects that the center will be the envy of other universities when completed. "The center will benefit current students who are veterans as well as veterans who come in the future." said Dr. Garg.

Members of the center's campaign cabinet were credited for making the dream become a reality. Cabinet members, Bernie Kosar Sr., former Senator Harry Meshel, and Carl Nunziato are all military veterans.

Nunziato said the group never encountered any opposition during the four years they worked on the project.  Nunziato says the center is designed to serve YSU and the community, as well a source to bring in more veterans to the university.

The project is being funded entirely by private donations. Major donors were introduced at the ceremony, including representatives from the James and Coralie Centofanti Charitable Foundation which contributed $200,000.

The center is being built on Wick Avenue, between Melnick Hall and Pollock House. Construction is expected to be completed by next spring.

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