Student Veterans

Student Veterans

Since the demobilization following World War II, large numbers of veterans have chosen to reenter civilian life as students using GI Bill educational benefits. As troop levels have been drawn down in Iraq and Afghanistan, NYC has found itself home to one of the largest student veteran populations in the country, with the CUNY system alone serving an estimated 3,000 student veterans.

Below are the most recent posts, statements, and recommendations the NYC Veterans Alliance has made on this issue:


Moderator Phoebe Gavin discusses an audience question about VA payments being counted as income by NYC landlords with panelists Lee Covino, Coco Culhane, Brett Morash, Tireak Tulloch, and Vadim Panasyuk.

Forum on NYC Veterans Policy

Presented by the NYC Veterans Alliance
July 28, 2015 - New York Public Library

by Samuel Innocent

Good day student veterans,

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to inform you of a proposed bill that may affect you and most certainly will affect many student veterans in the future: S.752, which would amend New York education law to mandate that the SUNY and CUNY Board of Trustees make a policy for the schools to award academic credits for military training. But for the New York Legislature to pass it, we all need to speak up.

For those of you who know me, you know how passionate I am about this topic; for those of you who don’t, I’ll provide a brief history.

On March 19, the NYC Veterans Alliance was honored to have Samuel Innocent testify in support of the NYC Council's resolution calling upon the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign the Veterans' Education Through SUNY Credits Act. Innocent is a former Army sergeant and combat medic who has gone on to become an advocate for student veterans both as a student and now as a professional. He shared some of his powerful personal story in his testimony to illustrate the importance of legislation that ensures all NY State institutions properly grant credit where it is due for military education and experience.


Samuel Innocent testifies before the NYC Council on March 19, 2015


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