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Veterans Policy

  • Stakeholders Discuss Next Steps in Eliminating Homelessness Among Military Veterans

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    The panel (photo: Felipe De La Hoz/Gotham Gazette)

    A forum held Thursday night at the New York City Bar Association featured advocates and officials at the city and federal levels to discuss the insidious problem of homelessness among military veterans. The city’s newly created Department of Veterans Services estimates that New York City is home to over 210,000 veterans.

    If the city’s homelessness crisis is already complicated, former service members’ housing challenges have unique dimensions of both complexity and potential

  • CUNY's Insufficient Response to Military Veteran-Students

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    photo via CUNY

    The December 8 response from CUNY’s Interim Vice Chancellor Christopher Rosa to Joe Bello's Gotham Gazette op-ed of the day prior surprised many student-veterans on CUNY campuses -- including the ten signatories of this letter.

    To begin with, we were not aware

  • Letter: CUNY is Committed to Educating Military Veterans

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    CUNY has earned praise as "military friendly" (photo via CUNY)

    Dear Editor:

    Regarding Joe Bello’s Dec. 7 op-ed, CUNY is deeply committed to making our University a first-choice destination for veterans. We proudly educate more than 3,000 student veterans, up more than 250 percent over the last eight years. We recruit veterans; deploy dedicated admissions counselors who smooth their way through admission; waive their application fees; assure that New Yorkers eligible for the Post

  • CUNY’s Veteran-Student Problem

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    Veterans Day (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayor's Office)

    Last month the New York City Council held a joint hearing of the veterans and higher education committees on services to military veterans at the City University of New York (CUNY). It was the first hearing regarding CUNY and veterans in several years. CUNY representatives touted the university as committed to making its campuses a first destination for veterans.

    But, the hearing also helped expose gaps in the services that CUNY is providing to military veterans

  • City's Veterans Community Meets to Assess Policy, Build Cohesion

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    From Tuesday's event (photo: NYC Veterans Alliance via Facebook)

    A steady stream of hands shot in the air as the speaker asked audience members to indicate if they had served their country, beginning with Vietnam and ending post-9/11.

    At a forum on New York City Veterans Policy Tuesday night, hosted by the New York City Veterans Alliance, veterans and veteran advocates of diverse ages and backgrounds gathered to discuss