College Listed Among Top Schools for its Commitment to Serving Veterans and Military Personnel

PHOTO: Military Friendly '15 logoMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- In recognition of its broad programming and support services for veterans, SUNY Orange has been designated as a Military Friendly® School for third year in a row by Victory Media Inc.

Through its Military Friendly® Schools program, Victory Media provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities. Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

The listing is published annually in “G.I. Jobs,” “Military Spouse” and “Vetrepreneur” magazines. “G.I. Jobs” is the premier publication for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2015 list was compiled following extensive research and a survey of the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The analysis of the survey criteria was developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board comprised of educators from across the country.

“Our nation’s veterans deserve our appreciation for their unfailing commitment and selfless service, and we at SUNY Orange have pledged to support our student veterans to the best of our ability,” said Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president. “Veterans contribute to the vibrancy of the College community and bring a unique perspective to our student body that enhances the experiences of their fellow students, as well as our faculty and staff.”
SUNY Orange offers services to assist veterans, including specialized academic advising, transfer counseling and personal counseling. Maureen Flaherty, a licensed mental health counselor, with training from the Center for Deployment Psychology, provides counseling for student veterans to assist in their re-adjustment to civilian life. She also serves as the designated academic advisor for student veterans and helps develop and implement their academic plans, as well as support their transition to college. She is also the faculty advisor for active Veterans Club chapters on both campuses.
Collaborations with veterans services agencies and organizations within the county also bring an added array of resources to the campus.
Veterans throughout New York State received an additional boost this summer when Governor Andrew Cuomo amended the state’s education law to allow veterans who attend a community college, college or university within the SUNY or CUNY systems under the federal GI bills to qualify for the in-state tuition rate regardless of their established place of residency.

The entire list of Military Friendly Schools can be found at For more information on SUNY Orange’s veterans services, visit

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