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Information and Support for Veterans

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If you have served or are currently serving as a member of our armed forces, UB Wants You! 

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Student Resources

UB is a Service Opportunity Colleges (SOC) institutional member. SOC is a consortium of national higher education associations and member institutions that functions in cooperation with the Department of Defense (DOD) and the military services to help meet the higher education needs of service members. UB is also a participating institution in Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP). ConAP is a joint program of the Army Recruiting Command and participating colleges. ConAP goals are to increase college enrollment of veterans and reservists, and help recruiters enlist college-capable men and women who are postponing college, usually for financial reasons. UB has been named a Military Friendly School and is a Yellow Ribbon School.

UB's Veteran Services can help you to balance college with other life goals.  The Office of Veteran Services can assist you with identifying benefits you and your dependents may qualify for, connecting with other veterans and easing the transition from military to campus life.

UB also has financial aid advisors who are knowledgeable about the benefits you may qualify for.  Additionally, student advising can help you explore options for obtaining university credit for military training and education. 

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In the Press

An article in AtBuffalo magazine details the challenges of veterans transitioning from combat to campus.

Employee Resources

If you are called to active military service, you are entitled to military leave with pay for up to thirty calendar days or 22 work days, whichever provides the greater benefit.  You may also be eligible for additional military related leave with pay, military/training leave at reduced pay or extended military leave without pay. 

The Uniformed Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act, or USERRA, grants employees up to five years of military leave upon request for the purpose of attending drills, service schools, training functions and mobilizations.  USERRA also provides entitlements concerning health benefits and pension/retirement plans.

If you are eligible for benefits under the Family and Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, you may take up to 26 weeks of military caregiver leave in a single 12 month period to care for a covered family member with a serious illness or injury that was incurred in the line of duty while on active duty in the Regular Armed Forces, National Guard or Reserves.  You also may take up to 12 weeks of FMLA leave per calendar year for a qualifying exigency if your spouse, son, daughter or parent is a military member on active duty or has been notified of an impending call or order to federal active duty.

Please contact University Human Resources Benefits Administration to ensure you receive the leave, health and pension/retirement benefits you have earned.