They fought (or are currently fighting) for our country and can't afford school. That's not fair, so one local school is looking to help as many service men and women as they can get an education.

SUNY Empire State has one of the largest populations in the Capital Region of military students, according to News10. About 1,300 students who attend SUNY Empire State are either active or veteran service members. Sometimes it's hard after many service men and women to come back to school so SUNY Empire State is hoping to ease that.

They are aimed to raise $1 million in "its largest grant for active duty and veteran service members and their families." This also makes it the largest campaign for veterans ever in the school's history. Director of Veteran and Military Education Desiree Drindak said to News10, “We’re really trying to fill the gap in all our military line of students with the ability to come back to school and break that barrier and not have funding be an option for them."

According to their official website, "Empire State College Office of Veteran and Military Education (OVME) has served military students since 1971." They offer undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates, pre-application advising to help determine the right educational plan (which is offered at no charge), as well as credit for any college-level learning through military training, standardized exams, or other list experiences.


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