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      Below are just some examples of the many partner organizations that NYFA’s Veterans Division is proud to collaborate with.

Veteran Collaborations with NYFA

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Below are just some examples of the many partner organizations that NYFA’s Veterans Division is proud to collaborate with.


The New York Film Academy’s Division of Veterans Services supports Veterans in Media and Entertainment’s efforts by hosting VME events and inviting representatives from VME to speak to enrolled veterans. Several NYFA veteran students are members of the VME organization who have been highlighted for their work.

Veterans in Media and Entertainment 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, VME 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.

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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.

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Hire Heroes USA

The New York Film Academy College of Visual and Performing Arts (NYFA) Division of Veterans Services has collaborated with Hire Heroes USA (HHUSA) to host day-long exclusive employment workshop for NYFA’s veteran students at its campuses in Los Angeles and New York. Hire Heroes USA is a nonprofit that provides free, expert career coaching and job sourcing to hundreds of transitioning U.S. military members, assisting veterans and spouses with finding employment.

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The New York Film Academy Division 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.

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American Corporate Partners (Both NY and LA)

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.

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California Department of Veterans Affairs

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.

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Operation Gratitude

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.

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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.

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Writers Guild Foundation (WFG) Veterans Writing Retreat

The New York Film Academy (NYFA) was privileged to host the 2017 Writers Guild Foundation (WGF) Veterans Writing Retreat at the College’s campus in Burbank, CA. NYFA’s media content team and an all-veteran student crew filmed the event, which provided the vet students studying Filmmaking, Documentary, and Producing at NYFA with the valuable hands-on experience of working a large-scale production event.


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.

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The Division of Veterans Services welcomed the Casting Society of America (CSA) to the College’s campus in Burbank, CA for a panel discussion specifically tailored for military veterans. The stellar group of industry professionals shared all-important information about the business side of the acting vocation. The Casting Society of America (CSA) was created in February of 1982 with the intent of establishing a recognized standard of professionalism in the casting field and providing its members with a support organization to further their goals and protect their common interests.

CSA currently boasts more than 700 members. CSA Casting Directors and Associates work around the world, with members based in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Africa. Today CSA acts as a global resource for producers, directors and creative teams seeking casting professionals, promotes the image of casting directors and associates worldwide, engages in a number of charitable activities, and supports its members by sharing important and helpful professional information of common interest.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Writers Guild Foundation

Founded in 1966, the Writers Guild Foundation is the premier resource for emerging writers and movie and TV lovers in Hollywood. Boasting a busy calendar of high-value events and a vast, seemingly bottomless toolbox for writers, the Foundation is unmatched in its mission to promote and preserve the craft, history, and voices of screen storytelling.

A nonprofit entity, we’re proud of all we do for the community, including our Veterans Writing Project, our High School Screenwriting Workshops, our Archive, and the Shavelson-Webb Library – the world’s only library devoted entirely to writing for the screen. New York Film Academy was proud to host the 2017 WGF Veterans Writing Project at its campus in Burbank, CA.

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San Diego Padres

The Padres are honored to be able to support and pay tribute to the San Diego military community. The team's efforts began in November in 1995 with the establishment of the Padres' Military Affairs Department, the first in professional sports. Every season the Padres honor all branches of the US Armed Forces and take the title "Team for the Military" very seriously.

For the past two years student veterans from the New York Film Academy were invited by the San Diego Padres to attend a game free of charge and also had the opportunity to join the production team in the production booth for pre-game production meetings. The students were able to sit side by side with the production staff and learn how the production of the game works first hand.

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Los Angeles Clippers

The L.A. Clippers have a long history of supporting veterans including hosting “Military Mondays”. In celebration of service members, special on-court recognition of a military “Hero of the Game” will also be incorporated at each “Military Monday” game. Over the past few years the LA Clippers have generously donated tickets to NYFA’s student veterans.

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Operation College Promise

Operation College Promise (OCP) is a national policy, research and education program based at Thomas Edison State University in Trenton, New Jersey. OCP supports the transition of military-affiliated students “To, Through and Beyond,” their postsecondary advancement. Founded in 2008 as a web-based resource, the project was launched under the the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities (NJASCU) to centralize comprehensive transition information. In 2009, OCP was one of 20 applicants awarded an ACE/Walmart Foundation “Success for Veterans” grant.

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United War Veterans Council

The mission of the United War Veterans Council is to mobilize communities to honor, support and serve America’s veterans. UWVC is dedicated to ensuring that the public always embraces its commitment to provide all veterans and their families with the care, recognition and opportunities they have rightfully earned.

We work to achieve this goal by:
  • Supporting and promoting a wide range of initiatives that provide vital services to our veterans community (including health, education, employment, housing, mental wellness, and family counseling)
  • Raising positive awareness and increase understanding of the needs of our veterans, military service members and their families through major public events and promotional activities
  • Uniting veterans groups, community organizations, city, state and federal agencies, local businesses, major corporations and the general public behind efforts to serve
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The mission of Vets4Warriors is to provide 24/7 confidential, stigma free peer support by veterans to Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, Veterans, Retirees, and their families/caregivers. Share lived experiences to create an environment of trust that demonstrates you are never alone, there is a caring, empathic voice ready to connect and follow up. Vets4Warriors serves all Military, Veteran and Family Members. There are "no wrong doors".

Student veterans attending the New York Film Academy filmed a PSA for Vets4Warriors which included Colonel Jack Jacobs, Medal of Honor recipient and Chair of NYFA’s Veterans Advancement Program.

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Friends Never Forget

Through donations and fundraising, Friends Never Forget Inc. A 501 c3 foundation sponsors children of our fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen to summer camps throughout the United States, to include cost of camp, travel to and from camp, lodging and meals. This allows for zero out of pocket expenses for the parents or guardians of these children.

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Miami Web Fest

The Annual Miami Web Fest is a 4 day festival showcasing the hottest new web series content from around the world. The event is designed to create a work-play environment, attracting Miami’s vast and multicultural community of arts enthusiasts. For attendees, Miami Web Fest is a “window into the future” of new media, allowing the general public to see independently produced shows before they are discovered by big television networks and media entities such as Netflix.

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