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Green Lights Set to Honor Veterans

Green lights are illuminating Hawkins Hall each night this week in recognition of Veterans Day.

The display is part of the Green Light A Vet campaign, a national program supported by many individuals and organizations. 

“The Green Light A Vet initiative is a great symbol to show our support, respect and thanks for what our service men and women do and have done for our country and our freedom, especially the freedom to get a higher education,” said Tracy Guynup, SUNY Plattsburgh student veterans support coordinator. “I am very proud of the work that SUNY Plattsburgh has continued to do in support of our military-affiliated students.”

In addition to Hawkins Hall, the SUNY Plaza building in downtown Albany is also lit with green lights this week, along with many other buildings on SUNY campuses around the state.

“Among the SUNY family, we are proud to count more than 12,000 students as well as many faculty, staff and alumni who are active and veteran members of the military,” said State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “It is our privilege to join all Americans this week and throughout the year as we honor the military personnel who have gone above and beyond to protect our freedoms and our country.”

A SUNY Plattsburgh education is more accessible and affordable to veterans than ever before, as campuses throughout New York offer programs and services tailored to meet the needs of veterans and ease their transition to civilian life. These include for-credit prior-learning assessments of military experience, dedicated housing, mental health resources, veteran-specific websites or online tools, scholarships and peer mentoring.

In September, the SUNY Board of Trustees approved the next step necessary to enable future veteran students and their dependents to pay in-state tuition regardless of state residency as part of a new system-wide diversity and inclusion policy. 

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