Delgado Highlights Experiences of Student and Faculty Veterans During Roundtable Discussion at SUNY Oneonta

November 5, 2019
Press Release

ONEONTA, NY—As part of his in-district workweek focused on upstate veterans, Representative Antonio Delgado (NY-19) held a roundtable discussion with student veterans and faculty members at SUNY Oneonta. Tuesday’s roundtable discussion included SUNY Oneonta President Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, Provost Dr. Leamor Kahanov, and other faculty and student veterans. The conversation focused on the transition from military service to civilian life and other unique challenges veterans face on college campuses including barriers to academic success and mental health support services.

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“I’m grateful for the opportunity to talk with and hear from SUNY Oneonta leadership, faculty and student veterans about their experiences in the classroom and the resources available to them on college campuses,” Delgado said. “At the federal level, I’m working to support our veterans and address the student debt crisis that is holding back our young people and local economy. Our conversation will continue to inform and guide my work in Washington and help identify how the federal government can better support our student veterans pursuing higher education.”

“The ongoing conversation about how higher education can best serve veterans is an important one. We are glad to see campus community members who are serving or have served in the military take part in the discussion,” said SUNY Oneonta President Barbara Jean Morris.

Rep. Delgado has made assisting the more than 40,000 veterans in NY-19 a focus of his work in Congress, guided by conversations with his Veterans Advisory Committee. During this in-district workweek, Rep. Delgado is visiting with veterans and the organizations that serve them. On Monday, Rep. Delgado visited the Ulster County Veteran Services Agency and Mental Health America of Dutchess County, and on Friday, November 8 will host a panel with elected officials, community leaders, veteran support organizations, and non-profits, focused on veterans’ reintegration to civilian life.  Additionally, to aid with the student debt crisis, Rep. Delgado introduced a bipartisan bill to increase access to higher education and financial support for students, Strengthening FAFSA, which was included in the landmark, College Affordability Act that passed the House Education and Labor Committee. The College Affordability Act would lower the costs of college for students and families, improve the quality of higher education through stronger accountability measures, and create more opportunities for students by providing the support and flexibility they need to succeed.