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  • New York Film Academy (NYFA) Veteran-Students Come Together for Veterans Day

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    On this year’s Veterans Day, New York Film Academy (NYFA) celebrated veterans of the US Military throughout the country at its New York City, Los Angeles, and South Beach, Miami campuses. 

    Veteran-students at NYFA’s New York Campus got together for a meet-up in between classes and shared stories about their times in service, enjoyed lunch together, and chatted about the current projects they are involved in with their programs. Additionally, the NYFA Student Veteran Organization and Division of Veteran Services (DVS) in Los Angeles collaborated by hosting a night of bowling for veteran-students and military dependents. 

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    Some Veteran-Students of NYFA’s Acting for Film & Filmmaking conservatories coming together for a Veterans Day meet & greet event at the NYC Campus

    Rahimah A. Powell, a Marine Corps veteran and Acting for Film student at the New York Campus said at the Veterans Day get-together: “I’ve been interested in film for years and after serving in the military I was able to pursue it using my GI Bill. This particular field of work requires discipline and I think that serving has set me up for success in that aspect.”

    Colonel Jack Jacobs (US Army Ret.), a Medal of Honor Recipient, is the Chair of NYFA’s Veteran Advancement Program and an advocate for veterans in the performing arts, and also recognizes the great wealth of experience and talent that veteran-students bring to its campus each year.

    New York Film Academy has been privileged to enroll more than 2000 veteran-students and dependents from conservatory and degree programs that include courses of study in arts as diverse as Cinematography and 3D Animation, as well as Game Design and Screenwriting, as well as short-term programs in these same disciplines, and others.

    Veterans are able to use GI Bill benefits for New York Film Academy’s Conservatory and Degree granting programs at the Los Angeles, New York and South, Beach campuses.

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    November 15, 2019 • Community Highlights, Veterans • Views: 1117

  • Veterans Day: NYFA Honors Veterans and Colonel Jack Jacobs

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    This week, our nation celebrates the men and women who have served our country in the US Military by paying special tribute to by honoring them on Veterans Day. Over the last seven years, nearly 1,500 military service members, veteran students, and military dependents, have selected the New York Film Academy (NYFA) to be the choice for their higher education.

    “Jerry Sherlock, who was a veteran of the US Air Force, founded the New York Film Academy 25 years ago and was always committed to making NYFA a welcoming learning environment for veterans who wanted to tell their own stories through the visual and performing arts,” stated Michael Young, NYFA’s President. “As a role model and leader to our veterans, we are honored to have, Colonel Jack Jacobs, Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient, as the Chair of the NYFA Veterans Advancement Program,” said President Young.

    NYFA in the Veteran's Parade

    NYFA in the Veteran’s Parade


    Colonel Jack Jacobs is an Army Veteran who received the Nation’s highest military honor for his heroism in Vietnam, the Medal of Honor. Colonel Jacobs, a media personality who can be seen regularly on MSNBC and NBC, and often on shows including Morning Joe, Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert and Rachel Maddow, is one of only 73 living Medal of Honor recipients.

    Colonel Jack Jacobs at NYFA


    Colonel Jacobs interacts with NYFA’s veteran students on a regular basis providing them with encouragement, advice, and opportunities while they are enrolled at NYFA, and also when they return to the school for the many activities that the NYFA Division of Veteran Services arranges for veteran students and alums.

    While Colonel Jacobs may best be known by the public for his television work, his greatest passion is supporting the military community by serving on the board of numerous veteran non-profit organizations, and speaking at many veteran events. Recently Colonel Jacob’s gave the keynote at the 21st annual Military Ball, attended by over 700 military leaders, which was hosted by the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Foundation. In his speech, Colonel Jacobs noted, “There’s nothing like military service that gives young people authority and responsibility at an early age.” He continued,” People who serve time in a uniform can do anything… offering a job to veterans is not charity. These are ‘the’ best people.”

    The New York Film Academy Salutes the service of all US military Veterans This Veterans Day.

    Orientation with Jack Jacobs

    Orientation with Jack Jacobs

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    November 11, 2017 • Community Highlights, Veterans • Views: 1785

  • NYFA Films Special Veterans Day Message with Col. Jacobs and DVS Commissioner, Brigadier General (ret.) Loree Sutton

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    Members of New York City Department of Veteran Services (DVS), including the DVS Commissioner, Brigadier General (ret.) Loree Sutton, gathered at the New York Film Academy’s (NYFA) state-of-the-art facilities at 17 Battery Park to film a special Veterans Day message to salute, and thank those veterans who have served in our Armed Forces. The message marks the first official Veterans Day message from the City of New York’s newly created Department of Veterans Services.

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    Colonel Jack Jacobs chats with NYFA veteran student, Joshua Flashman, in between takes.

    Commissioner Sutton was joined by Colonel Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient and Chair of the New York Film Academy’s Veterans Advancement Program (VAP) to send a message to both New York City veterans and the civilians who support them. They both spoke about how important the NYC community is to veterans, and how the strengths of the City’s nearly 250,000 veterans adds tremendous value to the NYC communities. Both retired servicemembers asked that— on this 2016 Veterans Day— citizens do more than simply thank veterans for their service, but also to let veterans know what a powerful asset they are as they continue to make invaluable contributions to making this the greatest city— in the greatest country— on earth.

    “There’s nobody more creative than veterans,” said Col. Jacobs. “They’re the one’s who bring life experience and creativity to a profession that requires both of those attributes.”

    “To see these students working at the New York Film Academy is really a thrill and an affirmation of the strengths we know our veterans have,” added Brigadier General, Sutton.

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    NYC Department of Veteran Services Commissioner, Loree Sutton Brigadier General (ret.) and Colonel Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient and Chair of the NYFA’s Veterans Advancement Program (VAP) during taping of the 2016 Veterans’ Day Message.

    “It means a lot to know we’re appreciated in our community,” said NYFA Acting for Film student and veteran, Labrena Ware.

    “It feels great to have a sense of brotherhood,” added NYFA student and veteran, Pavlos Plakakis, who found his acting calling in the military after being told he had a talent for boosting morale amongst the troops.

    Veterans from nearly all branches of service had the opportunity to meet and speak with Commissioner Sutton and Colonel Jacobs during the filming. Those in attendance reflected about the diversity and spirit of the “Big Apple,” and also symbolized the passing of the torch from one generation of American service members to the next.

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    November 9, 2016 • Acting, Community Highlights, Faculty Highlights, Veterans • Views: 4907