Veteran's Affairs

Welcome Student Veteran!

It is our privilege to have you at SUNY Orange and we appreciate your time in service to our nation. We realize that you have many educational options available to you and we are pleased that you have chosen to attend SUNY Orange.

Here at SUNY Orange we recognize that balancing college life along with military, family, career, and personal responsibilities can be very challenging. We are happy to assist you in handling these challenges and getting the most out of your college education while achieving your personal, academic, and career goals.

SUNY Orange offers you:

  • Two distinct campuses accessible to Orange County locations
  • Online and evening course offerings to accommodate your scheduling needs

College Resources

SUNY Orange is fully committed to meeting the unique needs of returning veterans and strives to promote a smooth transition to campus as well as academic success for student veterans. SUNY Orange's associate degree and certificate programs are approved for veterans and eligible dependents by New York State Department of Education.

Support services to meet the needs of students with military educational benefits are coordinated through the Academic Advising Office.

Academic Advising

At the Academic Advising Office you have access to academic advising and transfer advising services as you begin your studies and throughout your time in college.

An Academic Advisor will be assigned to assist student Veterans develop and implement their academic plans as well as support their transition to college. The point academic advisor for continuing student Veterans is:

Maureen Flaherty
Personal Counselor/ Retention Specialist

Prospective Student Veterans

If you are looking to apply to the College and have questions about our program offerings and need guidance on the necessary steps for enrolling at the College, please contact:

Joseph Guarraci
Academic Advisor
(845) 341-4081

Personal Counseling

SUNY Orange has a Mental Health Counselor with experience and training in working with returning veterans to assist in transitioning to civilian/ college life as well as dealing with any deployment-related counseling issues. Any student veteran who would like to make an appointment for counseling may contact the Wellness Center at 845-341-4870 and ask to meet with Maureen Flaherty. The Counselor can also provide referrals to local community resources that are available for Veterans when necessary.

Ms. Flaherty is also the Faculty Advisor to the SUNY Orange Veterans' Club. If you are interested in joining the club, please contact her at the email address noted above.

Education Benefits and Certification

Application for all education benefits is processed by the Veterans Certifying Official who will certify your enrollment with the VA and assist in reaching a resolution in the event students experience difficulties using their educational benefits. For any education benefits and certification related questions, please contact:

Kelly Jonigan
Certifying Official
(845) 341-4071

Walk-In Hours: 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday