In an effort to continue its Western New York-leading and nationally recognized assistance with U.S. veterans, Erie Community College has announced the hiring of retired serviceman and Iraq War veteran Daniel E. Frontera as the college's new assistant coordinator of veterans services in the college's Veterans Affairs Department.
After a 21-year career in the U.S. Military—including a deployment to Iraq from 2004 to 2005—Frontera brings multiple years of experience into his new position with ECC, recently ranked the 11th best community college for vets by Military Times EDGE Magazine. He's served as a veterans advocate with Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court, U.S. Senator Gillibrand's Veterans Working Group, Veteran's & Artists Collaborative, SPCA of Erie County's Paws & Patriots TM Program, COMPEER of Greater Buffalo Vet2Vet Program; and as coordinator of effort to create an Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial at the Buffalo Naval and Military Park.
“ECC has always been a strong advocate for veteran support,” said ECC President Jack Quinn. “With a man of Mr. Frontera's experience and expertise now helping our efforts, we've become even stronger for Western New York's veteran community.”
Over the past year, Frontera has worked as a consultant to ECC, improving the college's outreach efforts with veterans and their dependents. Efforts have included improving veteran services on the college's three campuses; acting as an educational liaison to the Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court community outreach; and cultivating new student support services for incoming or returning vets. He's also worked to create the Student Veterans Access Center to bring the Buffalo Vet Center and COMPEER of Greater Buffalo Vet 2 Vet program to the college campuses.