The history of Rutgers students who have served in the military is a long and distinguished one. Since the beginning, Rutgers students have answered their nation’s call. Students at Queens College left their classes to fight for their country’s independence as the British landed on New Jersey’s shores. Graduates requested their diploma as they fought to keep the nation together during the Civil War, and student veterans outnumbered their civilian classmates after World War II, utilizing the first-ever GI Bill. One graduate of the class of 1966, Jack H. Jacobs who commissioned into the U.S. Army through Rutgers ROTC, earned the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1969 for exceptional heroism on the battlefields of Vietnam. After the longest period of sustained warfare in American history, the number of Rutgers students who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces and their families has increased 180%.
The Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services (OVMPS) is dedicated to providing a supportive environment for our military-affiliated community and committed to raising awareness and visibility of those who have served.
Please help us ensure these students transition to higher education is a smooth one. With your support, we can provide students a wide range of programming and services which address academic needs, promote well-being, and enhance the professional development of our military-affiliated population.
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