SEASON OF GIVING 2017
Berkeley College Exhibit Reveals Emotional Stories of Veterans and
In June 2017, the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) in Arlington, VA, displayed the Berkeley College Veterans and Gold Star Reflections projects – personal portraits that capture the emotions of veterans and military families during and after military service. Berkeley College serves more than 440 student-veterans and active servicemembers.
LTC Aric Raus, U.S. Army, coordinated the display in Arlington, after he saw the portraits at the Berkeley College Veterans Gala, a celebration of student-veteran achievement, earlier this year. AUSA is the voice for the U.S. Army on Capitol Hill and offers support for soldiers and their families.
“The Reflections projects touch the heart and tell a story that words can’t get across,” LTC Raus said. “They allow those who haven’t been touched by the loss of war to visualize that loss. And for those who have been touched, they help show how they are not alone and there are others in the same state of emotional recovery.”
Berkeley College student-veterans, family members, faculty-veterans and military families in the community posed for the Reflections projects. They came about as a way to bring a measure of peace to the military and their families, according to the Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs.
“The Reflection projects capture the struggles and losses of those who have sacrificed for their country, in a medium that is accessible to everyone,” said Edward Dennis, Assistant Vice President, Office of Military and Veterans Affairs.
Berkeley College also participates in the Veterans History Project sponsored by the U.S. Library of Congress. In 2000, U.S. Congress established the Veterans History Project to collect, preserve and archive personal accounts of American service members so that future generations will be able to hear directly from the veterans and better understand the realities of war.
About the Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs
Berkeley College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program under the G.I. Bill 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. The 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.
Berkeley College has received several awards and distinctions for its support of student-veterans and their families, from publications including Military Advanced Education & Transition; Military Times; U.S. Veterans Magazine; G.I. Jobs; and Victory Media. Since 2014, the College has been ranked among the Best Online Programs for Veterans, placing at No. 65 nationwide in 2017.
Photo Captions: (Top) LTG Guy C. Swan, Vice President, Education, The Association of the U.S. Army, views the Berkeley College Veterans and Gold Star Reflections projects at The Association of the U.S. Army in Arlington, VA, in June 2017. (Above, L to R) LTC Aric Raus, U.S. Army, and LTG Swan stand with the exhibit.
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