“Mature, hard-working, goal-oriented – our student veterans are a tremendous asset to SUNY Cobleskill,” says Matt LaLonde, Director of Student Conduct and Veteran Affairs. Himself a veteran of the U.S. Navy, Matt has worked at SUNY Cobleskill for 15 years and been in his current position since 2013.
Currently there are some 75 veterans enrolled at the College, which is triple the number enrolled just five years ago. In addition, SUNY Cobleskill has several students who are active military or in the National Guard or Reserves. Whatever their current status, virtually all of these individuals are eligible to benefit from such opportunities as the G.I. Bill and numerous other government tuition assistance programs.
Still, many student veterans face challenges that are unique. “Particularly in the case of those who have served in combat there can be issues that require assistance not only from our own Student Veteran Resource Center, but also from local Veterans’ Administration facilities,” Matt says. “We maintain extremely strong and active connections to all these outside resources.”
Feature photo of SUNY Cobleskill Student Veterans Association taken by Mohamed Baligh ’12,
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