Veterans Day Events at CUNY Complement New Services; Governor Cuomo’s “Experience Counts” Initiative Underway

November 8, 2013 | The University

CUNY is marking Veterans Day this year with dozens of events to be held honoring fallen heroes and U.S. Service members listed at www.cuny.edu/veterans.

Currently, there are more than 3,000 student veterans or military personnel enrolled at CUNY campuses across the city’s five boroughs. As the war in Afghanistan winds down and thousands of soldiers return home, the number of veterans enrolling in CUNY and other colleges is expected to rise.

Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly commended Governor Andrew M. Cuomo for his dedication to assisting veterans and young people find jobs by introducing a permanent tax credit for the hiring of veterans, and $181 million in tax credits over three years for businesses that hire youth.

“We are especially pleased to be launching Gov. Cuomo’s  “Experience Counts” initiative to improve the process for awarding credit for previous military training,’’ Interim Chancellor Kelly said, adding the Governor’s initiatives are closely aligned with the University’s efforts for veterans. “The University is expanding its commitment to addressing veterans’ needs and academic experience, and ensuring a smooth transition from the military through college and into the workforce.”

Historically, CUNY has played a critical role in facilitating transitions for previous generations of returning soldiers. Today, CUNY campuses have made special efforts to support student veterans by establishing resource centers, providing counseling, benefits and disability services.

A CUNY Task Force on Veterans Affairs was chaired by John Jay College of Criminal Justice President Jeremy Travis. The Task Force also drew upon the expertise of College Presidents, faculty, administrators, CUNY veterans, students and staff.

In a report entitled, “From Soldier to Scholar,” and issued in April, 2013,  the Task Force proposed several recommendations for improving veterans services such as: expanding the definition of veteran; updating the policy on out-of state tuition rates, and engaging with the corporate sector to identify career opportunities for veterans.

To mark Veterans Day, CUNY student veterans are expected to march in the Veterans Day parade in Manhattan. Across CUNY campuses, several events are scheduled including a Remembrance and Reflection Ceremony at Queensborough Community College and a women veterans documentary screening at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

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