About Military & Veteran Services

About Military & Veteran Services

Logo for John Jay College Office of Military and Veteran ServicesJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice's Military and Veteran Services supports military veterans, active duty service members, reservists, guardsmen, officer candidates, and their family members with vibrant and relevant veteran-focused programs and assistance. Military and Veteran Services provides student veterans personal support through its on-site services, the student-led John Jay Veterans Association, dedicated Veterans' Center spaces, our veteran honor society chapter, and assistance from staff and faculty throughout the college. We actively back veteran students throughout their college experiences with: assistance in admission, enrollment and advisement; peer support programming; support for academic and personal success; veteran-focused academic courses; and job preparation, internship, and post-graduation employment programming.

Military and Veteran Services Include:

  • Retired Navy chaplain Military and Veteran Services Manager available to provide veterans personal support, guidance, and mentoring
  • Full-time Veteran Certifying Official and Military Benefits POC available to advise and assist veterans and their family members in using their educational benefits and financial aid
  • John Jay Veterans Association: our vital student-led veterans organization with positive peer support; recreational, social and professional programs; and community outreach
  • Attractive Veterans' Center with lounge, technology center, study and meeting spaces
  • SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society chapter to recognize veteran and military students' academic accomplishments
  • Required academic justice course sections focused on the interests and needs of veteran and military students
  • Veterans' Services support: career and academic advisement services; accessibility services; PROVE (Project for Return and Opportunity in Veterans Education) social work interns; VA New York Harbor Healthcare System VITAL (Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership) peer support specialist; and other valuable programs


Military and Veteran Services Team:


Richard (Dick) Pusateri, Military and Veteran Services Manager, rpusateri@jjay.cuny.edu 
Chrissy Pacheco, Veteran Certifying Official and Military Benefits POC, cpacheco@jjay.cuny.edu 
Alicia Velez LCSWMilitary & Veteran Services Licensed Clinical Social Worker, alvelez@jjay.cuny.edu
Jeanne Lin, College Assistant, jlin@jjay.cuny.edu 
PROVE Social Work Interns:
Chana Shaffer, CShaffer@jjay.cuny.edu
Michael Lowney, MLowney@jjay.cuny.edu