Donation Ceremony: Flood, Rutgers Give Back

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- Rutgers and football coach Kyle Flood made a $5,000 donation to the university office of veteran and military programs and services Thursday as the result of a special helmet auction. The entire ceremony can be viewed below.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- The Rutgers office for veteran and military programs and services was simply a vacated frat house before former President Richard L. McCormick helped get things started three years ago.

Slowing growing into one of the top veteran service offices in the region, the Rutgers office under the leadership Col. Stephen G. Abel (R) received a $5,000 boost Tuesday afternoon.

Rutgers and football coach Kyle Flood raised the money in a special helmet auction, and presented the check to Abel at the office on the College Avenue campus.

"Having the support of the football team and the coach makes a huge, huge difference," Abel said. "That difference gets translated in being able to compete veterans at Rutgers and having them succeed and graduate."

Flood announced as a part of the ceremony that Rutgers plans to start hiring student equipment managers directly from the pool of students at the veteran house.

"We're going to have some of the veterans from the vet's house here, as they return to campus at Rutgers, are going to come and they're going to work as student managers for us," Flood said. "... We're excited to build that relationship as we go forward."

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