Last March, Stony Brook University received a prestigious Military Friendly Honor. This honor was bestowed on Stony Brook for excellence in supporting military students and student veterans. In the Tier 1 research institution classification, Stony Brook also received a Silver rank.
the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services support the army and veteran students population and works directly with these students and their dependents to help them navigate higher education. This office also helps students complete necessary paperwork and manage the transition to student life while providing a personal approach, which is just one of the many reasons veteran students do so well at Stony. Brook.
Fostering a community where students can plant their roots and call Stony Brook home is an extremely important charge for the campus. “We support our students from application to graduation. When students make the transition to civilian life it can present its own challenges, but we assure our students they belong here and provide them with support to navigate and adjust to life in Stony Brook, said Pamela Pfeil, deputy director of military and veterans. Business.
The office of Military and Veteran Student Services exceeded the national standard in many categories to receive this distinction. Stony Brook’s highest categories include Graduation and Career, Financial Aid and Assistance, and Community and Culture, which speak to the support network that exists at SBU for veteran students as the Veteran Support Team. It is a group of professional staff from various departments on campus, such as Financial Aid, Bursar, and Counseling, who assist military and veteran students with their individual needs.
The office of Military and Veteran Student Services also offers a peer mentoring program called Veterinarians-4-Veterinarianswhere new students are matched with a successful student veteran to support them in the transition to university life, show them “the ropes” and encourage them to get involved in campus life. In addition, SBU has an asset Veteran Student Organization (VESO) on campus, the purpose of which is to raise campus-wide awareness of the contributions that veteran students contribute to the Stony Brook community through various activities that foster bonding and the formation of new relationships. VESO also hosts various events throughout the year, such as Tent City, an on-campus campsite to raise awareness about veteran homelessness.
“We are very proud to receive this military friendly honor as well as the recognition of the rank of silver,” said Vice President of Student Affairs, Rick Gatteau. “The Office of Military and Veteran Student Services plays a vital role in supporting and promoting the success of our military and veteran students and continually strives to create a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment for all of our military veterans and students as they move to, through, and beyond Stony Brook University.