The City University of New York has been recognized as military friendly beginning 2009-2014 because it proactively develops, integrates, and oversees holistic programs, services, activities, and support resources for the community of student veterans, reservists, active duty service members, their spouses and dependents across 24 college campuses. CUNY orchestrates initiatives to recruit, enroll and retain our veteran, military and family members as students by implementing best practices, complying with federal, state and institutional policies concerning benefits. CUNY promotes collaboration and partnership with community partners to increase awareness and sensitivity to veterans’ unique needs, managing activities to help veterans transition from military to academic life. CUNY, during the 2013 – 2014 academic year created a Veteran’s Emergency Loan program, is a signatory to Executive Order 13607 – Principles of Excellence, the DoD MOU and has qualified for the 8 Keys to Veterans Success listing.
On March 20, 2014 a group of CUNY administrators, staff, student veterans and dependents travelled to Albany to attend the first New York State Veterans & Military Families Summit. The Summit, hosted by Governor Andrew Cuomo, gathered stakeholders and subject matter experts from across the state to address issues such as Employment and Economic Opportunities, Education, State and Federal Benefits and Service Coordination. Following the full day agenda, the CUNY group gathered in the drawing room of the Executive Governor’s Mansion for a reception.