TROY, N.Y. -- In the military, a battle buddy is someone service men and women can count on to help them both in and out of combat.
At Hudson Valley Community College, every veteran has a battle buddy to help them dedicate their time to studying.
Today the New York State Industries for the Disabled presented the college's armed forces study room with a battle buddies plaque, officially making it a battle buddy center.
It's designed to be a place where student veterans can go to escape the hustle and bustle of the rest of campus, allowing them to focus on school work and finding a job.
The battle buddy room is dedicated in memory of Staff Sergeant Derek Farely who was killed in Afghanistan. His mother Carrie played a big role in opening the armed forces study room, and was at the ceremony.