Queens, NY, November 9, 2018 − When November 11 falls on a weekend, as it does this year, Veterans Day is observed on a Monday. This gives me an ideal opportunity to celebrate all the members of the QC community who have served or are currently serving in our nation’s armed forces.
Queens College opened in turbulent times. The school had barely marked its fourth anniversary when Pearl Harbor was attacked and the United States entered World War II. Ever since, this college has been in the business of educating enlistees, personnel on active duty, and veterans. We take this responsibility so seriously and do it so well that Victory Media, a veteran-owned publisher, cites us as a top Military Friendly® School, and we’re rated highly by both the Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) Guide to Colleges & Universities and Military Times Best: Colleges 2018. We are enormously proud of these rankings and are grateful to the people who help make them possible—our Veterans Support Services, led by Associate Director Dennis Torres, who did two tours of Iraq with the Marines and then joined the Selected Marine Corps Reserve.
Right now, our student body includes 239 student veterans, military personnel, and dependents. On November 2, 30 QC students were among 3,200 CUNY student-veterans recognized for their academic achievement at the university’s annual Veterans Summit. We also want to acknowledge the veterans employed on our campus. True heroes that all these people are, they go to class and to work without calling attention to themselves. We salute, honor, and thank them for defending our country.