Stephen Lang speaks about the veterans program at NYFA
Veterans in Film & Television (Both NY and LA)
The New York Film Academy Office of Veterans Services supports Veterans in Film & Television’s efforts by distributing VFT’s materials and inviting representatives from VFT to speak to enrolled veterans. Several NYFA veteran students are members of the VFT organization who have been highlighted for their work.
Veterans in Film & Television is a nonprofit networking organization that unites current and former members of the military working in the film and television industry. Created and operated by veterans, VFT makes it simple and easy for the film and television industry to connect with the veteran community working within it. It is a resource for the film/TV industry to find and hire veterans. It is also an organization for veterans who work, or aspire to work, in film/TV to interact with, support, and learn from each other.
The New York Film Academy Office of Veterans Services has partnered with the The Soldiers Project to ensure veteran students have the resources to manage any mental health needs they may be dealing with. A clinician from The Soldiers Project visits the campus in Los Angeles weekly to provide free, confidential counseling to veteran students on campus. Additionally, The Soldiers Project provides training to faculty members about the reintegration issues that many veterans face when transitioning out of the military and into higher education.
The Soldiers Project is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, unlimited, and confidential mental health counseling services to post-9/11 Veterans and their loved ones. Returning home from being in combat presents difficult challenges for the individual and his or her support system. Servicemembers, wives, husbands, children, parents, and other loved ones are all affected by the separation that is part of serving in the military, but the transition of “coming home” brings additional challenges.
American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans in their transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce. With the help of business professionals nationwide, ACP offers veterans tools for long-term career development through mentoring, career counseling, and networking opportunities. With the belief that one-on-one relationships enhance an atmosphere of mutual understanding, respect, and support, ACP aims to strengthen the connection between corporate America and veteran communities.
The New York Film Academy Office of Veterans Services has worked with the California Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure the veteran students enrolled understand the benefits available to them. In partnership with CalVets, NYFA produced and directed a film for returning service members, please view the film here.
The New York Film Academy Office of Veterans Services has worked with Operation Gratitude to provide care packages to NYFA veteran students and service members deployed overseas. Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to veterans, first responders, wounded servicemembers, care givers, and individually named U.S. Servicemembers deployed overseas. Operation Gratitude’s mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our active duty and veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to express their appreciation to members of our military. Each package contains donated products valued at $75-100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than one million care packages.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF MILITARY & VETERANS AFFAIRS
The New York Film Academy Office of Veterans Services has partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Military & Veterans Affairs (LA MVA) to connect current veteran students with resources they may require. Services include access to Veterans Service Officers (VSOs) for assistance in filing claims as well as other resources for pension/compensation, employment, healthcare, education, military records, and housing.
LA MVA is located at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles. This historical building houses many veteran resources as well as opportunities for outside entities to reserve spaces for veteran functions/events.
New York Film Academy has partnered with Wounded Warrior Project to offer free workshops to WWP warriors and their families at the Los Angeles and New York campuses. The mission of Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP’s purpose is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other, and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars, also known as the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, Inc., is an American veterans' organization established on September 29, 1899, who as soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen served the U.S. in wars, campaigns, and expeditions on foreign soil or hostile waters. The VFW has graciously hosted several of NYFAs veterans events, including the NYFA Student Veterans Organization monthly meetings.
IAVA is a leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization (VEO) with the most diverse and rapidly growing membership in America. IAVA provides valuable resources and empowers veterans to connect with one another, fostering a strong and lasting community. Through education, advocacy and community building, we strive to create a country which honors and supports veterans of all generations. NYFA has partnered with IAVA on several Master Classes and workshops offered to the veteran community.
Recognizing the need to better serve New York City’s more than 210,000 veterans and their families, New York City Department of Veterans Services (DVS) – formerly the Mayor’s Office of Veteran’s Affairs (MOVA) – was officially established in 2016 by Local Law 113. DVS strives to improve the lives of all veterans and their families, regardless of discharge status.
DVS works to match veterans with programs and services to support fulfilling and purpose-driven lives. DVS is dedicated to improving the lives of all New York City veterans and their families. NYFA supports the NYC DVS media efforts by helping to raise the awareness of NYC DVS services.
NYFA Veteran students worked with LA Mayor Garcetti on his 10,000 strong hiring initiative by filming the monumental event. This event was held in celebration of Mayor Garcetti’s one-year anniversary of the launch of the 10,000 Strong Hiring Initiative. The initiative was created to connect veterans with employers seeking to hire former service members. The New York Film Academy received a Certificate of Appreciation from Mayor Garcetti on behalf of the city of Los Angeles and its residents for delivering our media services.
GIFF’s non-profit mission is to connect service-members to society.
This mission serves three main purposes. First, GIFF ensures that the stories of our military veterans and their families – their triumphs and sacrifices on the battlefield and their struggles on the home-front — are preserved for future generations.
Second, GIFF bridges the gap between the military and civilian populations, fostering mutual understanding and respect. This is an especially important component of GIFF’s mission given that less than 1 percent of the American population currently serves in the U.S. Armed Forces. And, finally, GIFF provides healing for our military veterans who are exposed to the catharsis of the film-watching experience during GIFF events throughout the year.
Many of NYFAs student veterans and graduates have been shown at the GIFF and NYFA is a proud sponsor of the 2017 GI Film Festival.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.