Northeastern University, an NEC member, recently welcomed the first Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post to be established at a private university in the U.S.
VFW is a veterans’ organization that provides a space for veterans to receive assistance in pursuing the housing, education, health, employment, and disability benefits and resources they may need to ensure a successful transition to civilian life. VFW is faced with the challenge of not being able to reach the youngest generation of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan, with dwindling membership due to a lack of engagement by the youngest generation of veterans. VFW approached Northeastern’s Student Veterans Organization (SVO) to discuss opening and running a post on Northeastern’s campus. State Commander of VFW Brain Martin was impressed with SVO’s support of and engagement with veterans, which earned the organization the title of top chapter by the Student Veterans of America in 2013.
“For Northeastern to have such a strong and vibrant student veteran community as a private nonprofit institution says a lot about the community and the quality of the work they have done,” said Andy McCarty, Director of Northeastern’s Center for the Advancement of Veterans and Servicemembers. “Northeastern student veterans are at the forefront of taking care of their peers.”
The New England Council thanks Northeastern for its continued support for our veterans, during their time as students and beyond. Read more in The Boston Globe and WBUR.