Cornell and Tompkins County: A Place to Serve, Learn and Connect

Soldiers and sailors, marines and airmen lead a unique lifestyle; they must maintain a steady-state of readiness, be prepared for action, and possess the resilience to recover with grace and dignity. Whether in training on a college campus, living and working at home, or deployed in a combat zone, the women and men of the U.S. Armed Forces look to both the private and public sector for support, guidance and fellowship.

Connect @ Cornell

Veterans Colleague Network Group (VCNG): improving the climate for veterans at Cornell
VCNG is a Cornell sponsored employee resource group founded to raise awareness of veteran and military personnel issues, and create a forum for veterans to network with all members of the campus community. Join the VCNG listserv or find out more by sending an email to

  • VCNG provides access to New York State Division of Veteran’s Affairs both on campus and in Auburn for guidance, support, counseling, etc.
  • Through the VCNG become part of the Ithaca Chapter’s Team RWB; enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to the local community through physical and social activities such as group workouts and exercise events.

SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society
Cornell is a recognized member of the SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society, the only academic honor society that formally recognizes the honorable service and scholastic achievements of student veterans.  For information on the Cornell SALUTE Chapter and its induction ceremonies, contact Barbara Thompson, Student Veterans Advocate/SALUTE Chapter Director by calling (607) 255-5853 or send an email to:

Cornell Undergraduate Veterans Association (CUVA)
As a member of the Ivy League Veterans Council, CUVA advocates for rights and recognition of U.S. military veterans in the student population at Cornell through:

  • Undergraduate recruitment of military veterans
  • Campus integration and academic growth
  • Networking and post-graduation success

Follow CUVA on Facebook and Twitter or send an email to for information.

Alumni Veterans

Cornell’s ongoing mission is to provide veterans with the resources they need to be successful and to provide opportunities for alumni to connect with students, engage with one another, and support programs on campus that further the university’s mission.  Our alumni veterans’ network is over 5,000 strong and growing.  As we seek to refine our veteran alumni community, please help us by self-identifying as a military veteran.

If you would like more information about alumni engagement opportunities, please email Diversity Alumni Programs at

Non-Traditional Student Resources

Cornell’s Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives (OADI)
In pursuit of inclusion and academic excellence, OADI offers programs to help non-traditional students achieve their educational and personal goals. To sign-up for the Non-Traditional Student Organization at Cornell University (NSOCU) listserv, please email with “Join” in the subject line. You can also get involved with NSOCU on Facebook!

  • OADI Trailblazers
    A program designed specifically to help non-traditional students navigate college life. The OADI Trailblazers Program helps military and veteran students define their own success and help pave the way for others. Along with a network of adult learners, transfer students and students with dependents, military and veteran students participate in a variety of activities that foster both academic and personal development.

Veterans at Johnson
Committed to supporting veteran students, Veterans at Johnson provides intellectual, social, and financial assistance to students who have served in the military, seeking a Cornell MBA. For guidance and information visit the links below or contact Johnson by calling (607) 255-4526 or send an email to:

Warrior-Scholar Project
Cornell is a proud host campus for the Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP). This program offers immersive, academic workshops or “boot camps,” free of charge to enlisted veterans. WSP empowers enlisted military veterans by providing them with a skill bridge that enables a successful transition from the battlefield to the classroom. For more information call (207) 796-8777, or visit:

Forging Community Connections

Veterans’ Sanctuary
The Cornell sponsored Veterans’ Sanctuary is a peer-based, residential program to support Iraq and Afghanistan veterans as they transition from combat to civilian life. The organization provides a new path toward addressing veterans’ issues with tools for transformation, holistic wellness programs, expressive arts, farming, green job training, and community living.

Military Families Learning Network
The Military Families Learning Network serves military families through engaged, online communities. MFLN is made up of Cooperative Extension family specialists and military family service professionals from DoD, branch services, and non-governmental organizations. These online communities engage in various places, like Facebook and Twitter, and on DoD authorized social sites. The MFLN community can help veterans living and learning at Cornell with family transitions, child-care, wellness and more.

Returning Warriors: Outdoor Recreation, Restoration and Resilience
Veteran initiated nature-based programs focused on hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation and restoration activities. Programs like Wounded Warriors in Action and Project Healing Waters foster human-nature interactions that serve as therapy for returning war veterans. For more information about these programs and the research involved, visit the REWORRR website.

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Military Families and Veterans
CCE’s Military and Family and Veterans program coordinates existing programs within CCE and Cornell University designed to support disabled veterans with an emphasis on serving those who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, including homeless veterans, and veterans with barriers to employment.

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