The GI Bill makes college affordable for veterans, but what helps them succeed once they get there? At NYU, helping veterans transition into civilian life is a priority. In fact, U.S. News & World Report named NYU one of the top 10 colleges in the United States for veterans. From social groups to training programs to celebratory events, NYU’s more than 700 veteran and military students have a wealth of resources at their disposal.
The NYU Military Alliance is one of those resources. Led by Mary Nadolny, a Navy veteran and a Master of Global Public Health candidate, the organization is designed to offer NYU veterans the support they need. “We want to make sure vets have the opportunity for mentorship, friendship, and a sense of what they left behind when they left the military: that instant connection with another human being,” Mary says.
Another program that garners a lot of attention among vets is Tandon’s Veterans Entrepreneurship Training (VET) program, which links aspiring entrepreneurs with experienced professionals who can offer invaluable guidance, feedback, and resources necessary for new businesses to succeed.
The Annual Veteran and Military Appreciation Week coincides with the Veteran’s Day holiday and offers a host of veteran-related activities, including career development events, documentary screenings, NYU’s traditional Veterans Day parade and breakfast, and the Annual Veteran’s Ball. According to Rollie Carencia, adviser for NYU’s Military Alliance, “The weeklong celebration provides opportunities for veteran and military-affiliated students to come together with faculty, staff, students, and alumni to create community and make valuable connections.”