Historic photo honors veterans legacy at FDU

Above: Showing off the vintage framed photo are (L to R): Jeff Dunn and AJ Luna in the Office of Veterans Services and Joseph Kiernan, Metropolitan Campus provost. Below: An enlarged digital copy of the 1945 class of veterans at FDU.
Vets 1945

Found in a vintage Rutherford Campus yearbook: a photo of Fairleigh Dickinson University veterans circa 1945.

“World War II wasn't over yet when this photo was taken,” says Joseph Kiernan, Fairleigh Dickinson University Metropolitan Campus provost and senior vice provost for institutional effectiveness. “FDU has been honoring veterans for 70 years.” The veterans in this photo attended FDU on the first GI Bill. Today, nearly 250 veterans study at the University, many courtesy of the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Kiernan presented the printed and framed photo to AJ Luna, director of veterans services, and Jeff Dunn, assistant director of veterans services, in honor of Veterans Day 2014.

Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, enabling any eligible veteran to attend at no charge. The Office of Veterans Services provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit counseling, Veterans Affairs benefits counseling, referrals to on-campus psychological services, disability-claims assistance, access to the FDU Federal Credit Union and career search support.

At the University’s 71st Commencement in May 2014, 140 veterans graduated from FDU.