Leaders of Veteran Service Providers Gather at Berkeley College

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, JUNE 27, 2016
Contact: Ilene Greenfield
Director of Media Relations
973-278-5400, ext. 1-5122
igl@BerkeleyCollege.edu
 

LEADERS OF VETERAN SERVICE PROVIDERS
GATHER AT BERKELEY COLLEGE

Community-Based Initiative Aims to Improve the Lives of Veterans

 

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Photo Caption A: Richard Robitaille, EdD, Associate Vice President, Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs (standing), introduces the Berkeley College Veteran and Gold Star Reflection Projects to attendees of the SOS VETS Veteran Service Providers Stakeholders Meeting at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ.

The SOS VETS Veteran Service Providers Stakeholders Meeting was held on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ. Leaders from Passaic County government programs and nonprofit organizations based in New Jersey and New York gathered to address matters in assisting U.S. veterans in areas such as housing, healthcare, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and more.

“This event allows for enhanced networking because we all support veterans in different ways,” said Richard Robitaille, EdD, Associate Vice President, Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. “It’s very important to build those community relations so we can help our students and veterans more.”

“No one person can move the needle,” said Karen Golden, Military Services Program Manager, Cornerstone Family Programs, Morristown, NJ, on the importance of community support.

The meeting began with announcements from David Pearson, Outreach Coordinator, Catholic Family and Community Services, Paterson, NJ, and fellow members. Attendees had the opportunity to interact with a wide range of participating speakers, including:

- Robert Murray, Esq., Goldberg Law Group, LLC, Morristown, NJ, about legal benefits and procedures elder veterans should be aware of.

- Robin Wilkins, Founder, Executive Director and President, Boots Up, New York, NY, about helping veterans transition into the U.S. workforce.

- Karen Golden, Military Services Program Manager, Cornerstone Family Programs, Morristown, NJ, about assisting female veterans and their family members through Operation Sisterhood.

- Gabe Ramos, Outreach Ambassador, Headstrong Project NYC, New York, NY, about providing treatment to veterans struggling with issues such as PTSD, addiction, and depression.

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Photo Caption B: Karen Golden, Military Services Program Manager, Cornerstone Family Programs, Morristown, NJ, discusses Operation Sisterhood’s efforts in assisting female veterans and their family members at the SOS VETS Veteran Service Providers Stakeholders Meeting, held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ.

The meeting included a presentation by Dr. Robitaille and the Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs about the Berkeley College Veteran and Gold Star Reflection Projects. Student-veterans, family members, and faculty-veterans of Berkeley College had posed for unique and personal portraits for both of these projects. The Veteran Reflection Project captures the emotional issues that stay with veterans upon returning home. The Gold Star Reflection Project depicts the emotional weight that widows and orphans of deceased veterans carry the rest of their lives.

“We can talk and write all we want about veterans and their families’ struggles, but imagery can show a lot more of that emotion,” said Dr. Robitaille about the Veteran and Gold Star Reflection Projects.

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Photo Caption C: Norm Glover, Veteran Healthcare Navigator, New Jersey Hospital Association, views portraits from the Berkeley College Veteran and Gold Star Reflection Projects displayed at the SOS VETS Veteran Service Providers Stakeholders Meeting, held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ.

Photo Caption D: Pictured above (L to R): Tami Pichardo, Director, Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, Berkeley College; Robin Wilkins, Founder, Executive Director and President, Boots Up, New York, NY; Richard Robitaille, EdD, Associate Vice President, Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs; and David Pearson, Outreach Coordinator, Catholic Family and Community Services (CFCS), Paterson, NJ; pose in front of portraits from the Berkeley College Veteran and Gold Star Reflection Projects displayed at the SOS VETS Veteran Service Providers Stakeholders Meeting, held at Berkeley College in Woodland Park, NJ.

The Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs provides support to its student-veterans through six on-site Veterans Resource Centers (VRCs) in New Jersey and New York, as well as through an Online VRC. At the VRCs, military students can meet with staff, network with their peers, and learn about Veterans Administration benefits.

The Office also supports the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program, and collaborates on national ventures with the National Guard, the Army and the Air Force, the GoArmyEd distance learning program, and the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership.

More than 500 military students and veterans are enrolled at Berkeley College in New York and New Jersey, and through Berkeley College Online®. Berkeley College was honored in 2015 as a military-friendly school by Military Advanced EducationMilitary Times, and G.I. Jobs magazines.  For the third consecutive year, Berkeley College has been ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report.

Learn More: Click here to learn more about the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs.

A leader in providing career-focused education since 1931, Berkeley College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and enrolls approximately 8,300 students – including more than 700 international students – in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs. Students can study in more than 20 career fields. Berkeley College is comprised of the Larry L. Luing School of Business®, the School of Professional Studies, the School of Health Studies, and the School of Liberal Arts. The School of Graduate Studies offers a Master of Business Administration degree in Management online and in Woodland Park, NJ.

Berkeley College has five New Jersey campuses – Dover, Newark, Paramus, Woodbridge and Woodland Park. In New York there are three campuses – Midtown Manhattan, Brooklyn and White Plains. Berkeley College Online® serves a global population. In 2016, U.S. News & World Report named Berkeley College one of the Best Colleges for Online Bachelor’s Degrees for the third consecutive year. The website address is www.BerkeleyCollege.edu.

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