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. The California Department of Veterans Affairs facilitates California’s veterans and their families.
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.
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.