Last week, for the fifth year in a row, Syracuse University hosted the esteemed Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP), a no-cost academic boot camp for first-year student veterans.
The Orange will celebrate veterans and active-duty military throughout the 2019 football season with the Syracuse Athletics Military Appreciation Program, presented by SEFCU. As part of the program, two (2) complimentary tickets to one home football game each month are available for veterans and active service members through the Syracuse Athletics Military Pass.
For the 75th anniversary of the original GI Bill, Chancellor Kent Syverud wrote an article for U.S. News discussing how universities need to better serve military students and veterans. He cites the three major problems associated with veteran engagement in academia and how Syracuse University is fixing those issues.
In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the GI Bill, Syracuse University student veterans and graduates share their stories.
Graduate student Katy Quartaro ‘18, G’20, an executive master of public administration candidate in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs has been named the 2019 Tillman Scholar for Syracuse University. She joins an elite class of 60 U.S. service members, veterans and military spouses chosen this year from across the nation that will receive more than $1.2 million in scholarship funding to pursue higher education degrees from the Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF).
Since its signing in 1944 the GI Bill has notoriously provided educational benefits to the country’s veterans and offered low-cost home loans, unemployment benefits and healthcare benefits. Over the past 75 years, the bill has paid more than $400 billion in educational benefits to 25 million recipients and authorized more than 24 million home loans—changing the post-service lives of millions including U.S. Navy veteran Kyle Finleon.
Since its inception, the GI Bill has provided more than just educational benefits to veterans and their families. Originally meant to help WWII veterans returning from war, the GI Bill has also provided low-interest housing loans, medical benefits, and rehabilitation programs. For Syracuse University, the GI Bill also marked a special moment in the school’s history and commitment to veteran and military families. This month, we commemorate 75 years since the bill was first signed and share important facts about this life-changing benefit:
While serving in the Air Force at Patrick Air Force Base (AFB), Dan Egert watched the shuttle launches from his window at work. In July 2011, he drove several hours from Mississippi to watch the final shuttle launch in person. Although he never dreamed of becoming an astronaut, space, and particularly rockets, always captured his attention. “It was always there,” he says.
When Brett McKnight arrived at Syracuse University he wasn’t a typical first-year student. A veteran who served as a Reconnaissance Marine in the 2nd Recon Battalion at Camp Lejeune, N.C., he had been deployed twice and attended rigorous military courses like a combatant diver, military free-fall, trauma management and more. In February 2012, after one semester at Paul Smith’s College, McKnight enlisted in the Marine Corps.
Syracuse University will honor more than 160 graduating student veterans at its veteran commencement ceremony in Grant Auditorium on Friday, May 10, at 10 a.m.