Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Alumni Resources for Veterans

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Each year, on November 11, we commemorate Veterans Day in tribute to the men and women who have served the United States in the armed forces. Across our “beloved community,” we take pride in the dedicated service of those who have served in uniform, some of them still on active duty.

Being part of a community means actively engaging the unique perspectives of our many members on their own terms and through their own voices. The following programs, resources, and involvement opportunities represent only a portion of what Rutgers has to offer as a beloved community and is not intended to be an exhaustive list. It’s all part of the university’s commitment to have students, alumni, faculty, staff, and partners work together to embody, reflect, and respect the complexities of all our parts.

Attend an Event

Learn about upcoming events that are available to Rutgers alumni and register for those that speak to your personal and professional interests. Note: all events listed are live unless specified otherwise.

Every Friday (weather permitting), October 29 to December 31

Noon–2 p.m.

Free Golf Lessons: RU Veterans Golf Series

At this free weekly golf workshop at the Rutgers University Golf Course, military-affiliated students and alumni can learn from PGA professionals or just showcase their own swing. Walk-ins are welcome. Location: 777 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ. To learn more or get directions, visit Rutgers University Golf Course or call 848-445-3000.

Thursdays, 11 a.m.

Veterans House Walk and Talk (New Brunswick)

Take a break from coursework and the stresses of life for a therapeutic walk in nature. The group meets in front of the Veterans House, 14 Lafayette Street, New Brunswick, NJ. The Veterans House is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To learn more, call 848-932-8387 or visit The Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services.

Saturday, November 13, 2 p.m.

Rutgers Basketball—Military Appreciation Game

Complimentary tickets are available for military-affiliated Rutgers students, faculty, staff, and alumni and their family and friends.

For more information or to reserve tickets, email crystal.greenhow@rutgers.edu.

Saturday, November 20, 9 a.m.­–5 p.m.

Live and virtual: Rutgers Veteran Alumni General Meeting, Lunch, and Football Game Watch

Veteran Alumni of Rutgers University will hold its first in-person general meeting with all chapters and committees in attendance on America’s most decorated battleship afloat, the USS New Jersey, 100 Clinton Street, Camden, NJ. Following the meeting, attendees will hear two guest speakers: Captain John C. Baker RC’69, RBS’81, USNR (Ret.), who served on the New Jersey, and Captain Walter M. Urban Jr., USN (Ret.), the ship’s historian. After lunch, guests can take a guided tour of the battleship for an additional $10 per person. Attendees can choose to stay in the Officers’ Wardroom to watch the Scarlet Knights battle the Nittany Lions or join their fellow alumni on the deck at a cash bar under the tented fantail to watch the action. Register here.

Note: Those unable to physically attend are invited to participate via Zoom. Email Rutgers.veterans@gmail.com to request the Zoom link.

Sunday, November 21, 1–3 p.m.

Virtual: Warrior Writers: Veterans Writing Workshop

As part of Outside the Wire, a multi-format humanities program presented by the Writers House at Rutgers University–Camden and Warrior Writers, veterans and active-duty service members are invited to a writing workshop led by experienced leaders from Warrior Writers. Each year, this partnership has focused on highlighting narratives and experiences of veterans throughout U.S. conflicts. This year, the project’s focus is on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on military families. Veterans and service members of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. Registration is free. Upon registration, you will receive Zoom log-in information.

Register

Stay Informed

Find out how Rutgers faculty, students, and publications are advancing knowledge and giving a voice to issues that impact the community.

Research Project: Equine-Assisted Services for Veterans with PTSD

The Equine Science Center at Rutgers is conducting a large-scale research project, Equine-Assisted Services for Veterans with PTSD. The center seeks male combat veterans between the ages of 18 and 75, with or without PTSD, to participate in a research study on co-regulation and the effects of equine-assisted activities on PTSD symptoms. To learn more, watch this video or read the press release Equine-Assisted Services for Veterans with PTSD Research Project Moves into Recruitment Phase Thanks to Successful Fundraising.

Article: Rutgers Named Best for Vets by Military Times in 2021

This year, Rutgers was ranked #4 overall by Military Times as one of the “Best for Vets Colleges.” Rutgers’ history and commitment to military-affiliated students is a long and rich one dating back to the Revolutionary War. The university is always growing and expanding its efforts to serve military-affiliated students with new initiatives and policies that reflect the ever-changing nature of military service.

Video: How to Negotiate Your Value in Business

Presented by Rutgers’ Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services, this presentation features Anastacia Stathakis, director of marketing at Jimmy Choo. It was part of a series of events celebrating Women’s History Month in 2018.

Video: Disability Services and Vocational Rehabilitation Town Hall

This video provides key information on the Chapter 31 GI Bill Vocational Rehabilitation and Accommodations from the Office of Disability Services at Rutgers. In the 30-minute video, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Valerie Williams and Assistant Director of the Office of Disability Services Kathy Loder-Murphy review the eligibility requirements for Chapter 31 benefits and how to access them, and explain the application process.

Get Involved

Connect with Rutgers alumni, expand your social and professional networks, or offer advice to students by getting involved with an alumni group that is meaningful to you.

Program: Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services
The Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services at Rutgers works to provide an inclusive and supportive environment for military-affiliated community members. It is dedicated to facilitating a smooth transition through a wide range of programming and services that address academic needs, promote well-being and equity, and enhance the professional development of Rutgers’ military-affiliated population.

Facebook: Veteran Alumni Rutgers University (VARU)

The purpose and mission of Veteran Alumni Rutgers University is to maintain a robust network of veteran alumni to further esprit de corps, mentoring, and peer support, and to leverage the resources of the Rutgers community to promote and expand VARU’s reach and impact. The group is private; to join, visit their homepage.

Military-Affiliated Career Community

The Military-Affiliated Career Community helps students and alumni recognize how their military experience and skills translate to the world of work. Topics include developing an effective résumé, confidently speaking about transferable military skills in interviews, enhancing networking skills with alumni and industry connections, and navigating the internship and job search process. Rutgers alumni, veterans or not, can assist in this mission by providing industry connections, guidance, and project or job postings. The community also offers access to workshops, events, and advisers to help military-affiliated students achieve their postgraduation goals.

Rutgers–Camden Office of Military and Veterans Affairs

Rutgers–Camden’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs assists veterans in their transition to academic life. The office has established a Veterans Affairs Council and partners with many staff on campus who are aware of and ready to assist military-affiliated students to help them succeed at Rutgers–Camden and beyond.

Rutgers–Newark Veteran Affairs

Rutgers–Newark’s Office of Veteran Affairs provides services to military service members, veterans, and their dependents. Rutgers is accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and many of the office’s services are related to the use of education benefits. Visit Resources for Student Veterans.

Support a Fund

Connect with the causes and communities you care about most by supporting the advancement of research, access, and awareness. You can search for any type of fund you would like to support and make a gift to make an impact.

This resource guide is part of the Diversity Matters Series, which seeks to openly explore different perspectives by thoughtfully recognizing the beauty of individual differences as honored through a collective experience rooted in acknowledgement, understanding, and celebration.