Veterans

Neil Duncan

Neil Duncan at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

By the time Neil Duncan (BUS’17) entered Columbia Business School, he was already adept at grappling with—and surmounting—unexpected challenges.

Soldiers exercise on Columbia's Morningside Campus
One hundred springs ago, when the United States entered the Great War, Columbia University had already begun preparing. Columbia President Nicholas Murray Butler, a staunch anti-interventionist, was also deeply committed to national service.
Veteran Students at Columbia University
The new center will develop and promote best practices nationally for the transition of veterans to higher education, and integration into civilian life and the workforce.
Marcos Rocha Jr. Columbia University Grad 2016
Marcos Rocha, Jr., grew up in Spanish Harlem, but went halfway around the world with the Marines before he got to the University. It was during those tours of duty that Rocha saw the serious psychological issues faced by returning veterans.

Patrick Poorbaugh enlisted in the Marines during his senior year of high school and left for basic training soon after graduation. “We were in the middle of two wars, and I didn’t want to let others do the job,” he said. “And I knew I wasn’t ready for college.”

Joseph Bacani stands in front of his portrait at the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. Photo Courtesy AVDLM/C.J. Heatley

Joseph Bacani likes to be alone on Veterans Day, to reflect on his time in Iraq and the friends who died there. “It’s still raw, even though it has been more than seven years,” he says.

The day after Abigale Wyatt receives a bachelor's degree in mathematics from the School of General Studies, she will be commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy, the first Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) graduate at Columbia since 1973.

Dr. Jill Biden today met with student military veterans at Columbia University in New York to learn more about their programs that serve veterans and military families. Dr.

After a 40-year absence, the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps is settling in at Columbia.

Mulhall in front of a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle during a stop at a Marine Corps base in Al Anbar Province, Iraq

Brian C. Mulhall, who is graduating from the Law School, learned a lesson in a middle school summer wrestling program that became central to the way he approaches life.

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