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Patriot Day Salute September 2014 Allenport

Above: Two Cal U students assist with the Roscoe American Legion Post 801 Patriot Day Salute on September 11, 2014. From L-R: Sgt. Cris Frost, Army National Guard and Cal U VA-Work study student; Cadet Ben McCurdy, Army Reserve & Army R.O.T.C Cadet and also Cal U VA-Work study student.


Suicide rate of veterans cause for alarm (November 2014)

California University of Pennsylvania student Brittney Cassidy found that it was no easy task re-entering civilian life after leaving behind the camaraderie she experienced while deployed to wars in Iraq & Afghanistan with her Pennsylvania Army National Guard unit. Read More

Cal U honors student veterans (November 2014)

Since September 112, 2001, more than 235 students, faculty and staff have served in the U.S. Military. Read More

Banner program makes return to Cal U campus (October 2014)

Last November, the campus at the California University became awash in tribute and honor as the Veterans Affairs program organizers launched a new program that invited veterans or family members or friends to purchase special banners that then were hung in various locations throughout campus. Read More

Cal U Labeled "Military Friendly" for 6th Year (October 2014)

For the sixth year in a row, Cal U has been recognized as a Military Friendly School. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the 15 percent of U.S. schools that are most responsive to the needs of veterans and service members. Read More

What Exactly Is A "Military-Friendly" School? (April 2014)

The California University of Pennsylvania Director of Veterans Affairs discusses a few key points concerning what truly is "Military-Friendly." Read More

Wrestling event at California University of Pa. will salute U.S. Troops (April 2014)

Salute to the Troops will include a full U.S. military guard, a public oath ceremony for new and re-enlisting members of the armed forces, and six wrestling matches. Read More

Cal U among colleges named "Best for Vets" (November 2013)

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A banner day for veterans at Cal U (November 2013)

California University of Pennsylvania has created what is aimed to become a new tradition of honoring military service members with ties to the campus with the unveiling and dedication of more than 30 banners the week before Veterans Day. Read More

Cal U honors veterans at campus ceremony (November 2013)

“I think this is a great idea. I'm honored by this,” Korean War veteran sergeant and California alumni Robert Vertacnik, 83, of Rostraver said of his military banner that was unveiled and hung at a special ceremony held on the campus grounds of California University of Pennsylvania on Monday. “I really approve of this idea.”  Read More

Cal U. honors veterans with new banners (November 2013)

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Joseph Sinclair, who is serving in Afghanistan, said he received a morale boost when someone sent him a photograph of a new banner honoring him at California University of Pennsylvania. Read More

New campus banners honor military veterans (November 2013)

California University of Pennsylvania hosted a test for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge in April of this year. It was during this time that the spouse of a serviceman taking the exam made a remark about the beauty of our campus to Capt. Robert Prah, director of Veterans Affairs. Read More

Cal U unfurls banner project to honor Veterans (September 2013)

This year, the campus of California University will be awash in tributes to those brave men and women who have served their county, as the Office of Veterans Affairs at the university launches a new banner program that will honor past and current service members. Read More

Stars & Stripes Education Guide Fall 2013 (September 2013)

Stars & Stripes publishes their Education Guide annually for the benefit of Service members. Each edition includes information geared toward men and women in the military who want to get ahead by pursuing higher education. Read More

Yes, Sir and Yes Ma'am! Cal U is a Military Friendly School (September 2013)

For the fifth consecutive year, Victory Media has honored California University of Pennsylvania as a Military Friendly School, recognizing Cal U’s service and commitment to military service members, veterans and their families. Read More

Banners Honor Veterans, Service members (September 2013)

The Office of Veterans Affairs at California University of Pennsylvania is on a mission to decorate the campus with banners honoring past and current service members who have ties to Cal U. Read More

More veterans expected in classrooms under GI Bill (August 2013)

Everything about his first day of college seemed wrong. Lee Means Jr. had arrived to his sociology class early, clean shaven and prepared to learn. Read More

Cal U named military friendly university (August 2013)

August 2013 marks the fourth anniversary of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is closing in on a milestone: Soon, one million veterans of the Iraq- and Afghanistan-era wars will have signed up for educational benefits under this landmark legislation. Read More

Veterans, colleges feel effects of GI Bill (August 2013)

Capt. Robert Prah, director of the Office of Veteran's Affairs at California University of Pennsylvania, said veterans there have consistently exceeded the average graduation and retention rates. Read More

Injured Former Soldier Heads Veterans Club at Cal U (November 2012)

Retired Staff Sgt. Joseph Bryan had planned to make the U.S. Army his career until he injured his back and neck in a truck accident in Iraq. Read More

Cal U "Still" Military Friendly (September 2012)

For the fourth consecutive year, Victory Media and G.I. Jobs magazine have named California University of Pennsylvania one of the nation's top Military Friendly Schools. Read More

Veterans Club to Raise Money for Scholarships (August 2012)

The Veterans Club at California University of Pennsylvania is on a mission to support scholarships aimed at providing higher education for veterans and their families. Read More or More Here

Cal U to Host Career Services for Veterans (August 2012)

Free employment services are available to military Veterans through the Offices of Veterans Affairs & Career Services at California University of Pennsylvania. Read More

Cal U to Expand Free Counseling for Veterans (February 2012)

California University of Pennsylvania has expanded free counseling services to military veterans and their families through Cal U’s Office of Veterans Affairs. Read More

Military Times Edge Ranks Cal U #4 for 2011 (November 2011)

Cal U is ranked No. 4 in the nation for its commitment to helping military veterans pursue higher education.

Military Times EDGE magazine ranks Cal U behind only Concord (W.Va.), Eastern Kentucky and Rutgers (N.J.) universities in its second “Best Colleges for Vets” survey, a supplement to its November issue. Read More or More Here

Cal U to Offer Free Counseling for Veterans (October 2011)

California University of Pennsylvania will offer free counseling services to military veterans and their families through Cal U’s Office of Veterans Affairs. Read More

Cal U Again Named Military-Friendly School by G.I. Jobs (September 2011)

As the number of Veterans, Reservists and Dependents continue to soar thanks to the hard work of the Administration, Faculty, Staff and supporters at California University of Pennsylvania, Cal U has been once again named a Military-Friendly School by G.I. Jobs. Read More

Cal U Veterans Raise Money for Tornado Ravaged Joplin, MO (August 2011)

Prior to the Fall 2011 semester, several Veterans volunteered their time to raise money for Veterans in Joplin. Read More or Read More



Members of the Cal U Veterans Club visit Washington D.C. & the White House as part of their Post 9/11 trip in May 2012