Across Columbia University's many schools and programs, veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces play an integral part in the student life, academic endeavors, and intellectual accomplishments of the University. This website serves as an online resource for learning about the veteran population at Columbia. Further, it offers a central and comprehensive repository of the services, policies, and procedures that affect students who are veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Office Hours
Our office is in 202 Kent Hall. You may reach us by phone at 212-854-3161 and by email at veterans@columbia.edu. Our fax number is 212-854-2818.
We have walk-in hours on the following days:   
Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Fridays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Appointments are welcome Tuesdays and Thursdays; please email us at veterans@columbia.edu to schedule an appointment time.
Coming soon: Online appointment scheduling. Watch this space for updates.


- Columbia Honor Roll remembers all of the Columbia students killed in US-involved military conflicts since 1754.

-Tillman Scholars

Veterans at Columbia
Garth Stewart (GS, '09)

United States Army, 2001-2004

Garth Stewart grew up in Stillwater, Minnesota, a hamlet of 15,000. It was there that he decided to enlist in the Army—some two months before the 9/11 attacks. By 2003, he was stationed in southern Kuwait, where temperatures would soar above 130 degrees by day and come sundown his unit would drill until 3 a.m. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Stewart stepped on a buried landmine south of Baghdad, leaving his left leg a mangled mess. However, just three months later, Stewart was back with his battalion, on active duty.

Damion DiGrazia (GS, '10)

United States Air Force, 2001-2004

I am waiting in the MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) in Brooklyn, NY, about to leave in a van to go to the airport where about fifty of us will depart to different airlines; resulting in our end destinations, the different branches of the U.S. military. Happenchance, this is the morning of September 11th.

La-Verna J. Fountain
Vice President, Construction Business Services and Communications
Columbia University Facilities
SP4, U.S. Army - 95C; 7IL (1976-1978)

I joined the military because I didn’t know what else to do. My brothers served, my father served and eventually, I married a veteran. The military was a realistic choice for a woman with no money raised in the mountains of Southcentral Pennsylvania.