Office of Military and Veteran Affairs
Special Veterans Activities
Berkeley understands the importance of honoring our veterans. Each year, Berkeley organizes a group to participate in the New York City Veterans Day, one of the largest events of its kind in the nation. Veteran and active military students join with faculty and staff to show our appreciation and support.
Urban Hikes to Support Awareness
Regularly scheduled hikes throughout the area are a fun activity for military and veteran students as well as a great way to raise awareness for veterans’ issues. Past hikes have included the Brooklyn Bridge and other scenic destinations throughout New York City and the surrounding area.
Veterans Reflection Project
This photographic project creates introspective portraits of veteran students reflecting on their military and civilian images. The striking images offer a chance to see some of the struggles these heroes face in the transition to post-military life.
Gold Star Reflection Project
To demonstrate the emotions facing military families, this image-based project uses artistic methods to create family portraits that include a loved one who lost his or her life. Serving as an opportunity to honor and remember, the project often helps families find peace. Families from throughout the United States have participated.
Annual Salute to Veterans Graduation Dinner
A gala event held each year to honor our veteran and military graduates, this formal reception recognizes our veterans’ commitment to their studies at Berkeley College and the completion of their programs—a fitting beginning to their post-military careers.
Veterans National Honors Society
High-achieving military and veteran students are recognized for their outstanding academic performance at Berkeley College through this national program.
Clubs for military and veteran students are active at several Berkeley campuses, including New York City, Brooklyn, Woodland Park, and Newark. Organized extracurricular activities complement the academic experience and help military and veteran students expand their professional and social networks.
Onsite Veterans Resource Centers
Many of our veteran and active military students agree—sometimes it just helps to hang out with others who understand you. Berkeley’s Veterans Resource Centers offer a comfortable, supportive environment where students can:
- Get information about VA benefits
- Meet with associates from the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs
- Socialize with other veterans
- Study in a quiet setting
- Learn about a wide range of veterans benefits and issues
- And much more
Onsite Veterans Resource Centers are available at five Berkeley campuses:
- New York City
- Woodland Park
Online Veterans Resource Center
In addition to our onsite centers, Berkeley also offers an Online Veterans Resource Center in conjunction with the College’s Online Library Services. For online students, including many who are stationed around the world, it’s a great way to connect with other veteran students and be an active part of the Berkeley community. Many of the same support services are available to help students with a wide range of veterans benefits and issues.
Skyla, Berkeley’s Therapy Dog
Even the toughest soldiers have a soft spot for Skyla, Berkeley’s therapy dog. When she’s not making regular visits with her handler to the Berkeley campuses, she can usually be found at her home base in Woodland Park. In addition to providing some comfort for our military and veteran students, Skyla often makes appearances at veteran-related events.