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.
School of General Studies (Please visit https://gs.columbia.edu/veterans)


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-Tillman Scholars

Veterans at Columbia
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.

John Fenlon (Business, '71)

U.S. Navy, 1967-1971

I joined Columbia in September of 1966 and was just starting my second semester when the draft deferment for business school was eliminated. In March of 1977, I received my draft notice and rather than joining the Army immediately, I joined the Navy and was able to complete that semester.

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 South Central Pennsylvania.