Veterans Resource Center

Transitioning from Military life to civilian life can be difficult. Returning to college can be one of the most difficult parts of that process. According to Minnesota Statute 197.585, Each campus of the University of Minnesota and each institution within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system shall provide adequate space for a veterans assistance office to be administered by the commissioner of veterans affairs… The veterans assistance office must provide information and assistance to veterans who are students or family members of students at the school regarding the availability of state, federal, local, and private resources.

At Riverland Community College, the Veterans Resource Center is located on the Austin Campus in the West Building, Room A175. This space is staffed once weekly by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Higher Education Veterans Program Southeast Regional Coordinator. The Center is open whenever the campus is open, and is a space for Veterans to spend time with other veterans, to feel comfortable in their surroundings, and to help transition back to civilian life. Stop by the Veteran Resource Center to relax, to study, to use a computer, or to visit with the coordinator about benefits that you are available for, or just to talk about your experiences. There is a V.A. workstudy opportunity available through the Veterans Resource Center. For information, talk to the regional coordinator or RCC’s Certifying official.

Mark Larsen

After two years of college, Mark joined the Army in 1987. In 1990 he left active duty to get back to college, but remained in the service as part of the Army Reserve. In November 1990 he was deployed with his Army Reserve unit for the first Persian Gulf War. In 1999 his unit deployed again for nine months to Germany in support of Kosovo operations. His unit mobilized again in January 2003 and deployed to Iraq until April 2004. In 2008 he retired from the Army Reserve.

Mark worked in the private sector for an international tour company for over 20 years, where he was IT, sales, operations, a tour guide and finally ended up to being VP of Sales. In 2013 he took an opportunity to work as a county veteran service officer in Wabasha County, because he wanted to get back to working with veterans/troops. He worked there for a year before being offered the position with MDVA as the Southeast Regional Coordinator for the Veterans Higher Education Programs.

He can be contacted at: 507-779-9375 or