Services and Activities for Military and Veterans

Make connections, honor service and advance your career.

Make connections with the Veterans Club.

Veterans club at a meeting.

The Veterans Club connects you with a diverse, dynamic group of men and women who have experienced military service and now are attending Cal U. Like you, they understand the challenges of transitioning to a higher education environment after spending time in combat or the formal structure of military life.

Veterans Club members take part in organized activities or simply spend time together. At Commencement, club members may wear stoles that identify them as veterans.

Membership is open to men and women who have served in all branches of the military, as well as individuals who are on active duty or serving in the National Guard or Reserve components of the armed services. Eligible dependents are welcome as well. No formal application for club membership is required. Participation at club meetings is encouraged.

The Veterans Club adviser is Robert Prah, director of the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. Contact him at prah@calu.edu or 724-938-4076.

Honor their service with the Military and Veterans Banner Program.

Veteran banners on campus. 

Each fall since 2013, the University has shown its pride in our veterans with a campuswide display of colorful outdoor banners honoring their service to our country.

The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs annually accepts orders for these banners, which recognize the service of individual men and women with ties to our Cal U community.

Veterans, service members, families, friends and sponsors may purchase a banner that will become part of the annual campus display. Visitors may download a map of the banner locations for a self-guided campus tour.

Download or view the Cal U Military and Veterans banner brochure and map.

To learn more or place an order, email veterans@calu.edu or phone 724-938-4076.

Earn the prestigious German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.

German Armed Forces Badge Training.

California University of Pennsylvania hosts testing for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB), one of the few foreign awards that may be worn by members of the U.S. military.

The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the Cal U Veterans Club, organize and implement the rigorous tests that qualify U.S. service members for this award. The next testing is tentatively scheduled for spring 2018.

Active-duty service members at any rank, and from all branches of the armed services, are eligible to test for the GAFPB. Veterans and service members who have separated from active duty or reserve status are not eligible to participate.

The two-day testing program includes these components:

Basic Fitness Test (3 events in 90 minutes)

  • 11- x 10-meter sprint test (indoor).
  • Chin-up test/flexed-arm hang (indoor).
  • 1,000-meter run (outdoor).

Military Training Section (5 events)

  • 100-meter swim in uniform (indoor, NCAA pool).
  • First-aid test.
  • NBC MOPP4 test.
  • Pistol qualification (outdoor range, stationary targets).
  • Road march with pack.

Interested service members may request information and an application by contacting the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, veterans@calu.edu. [Robert, we can add the 2018 test date here if/when you know it.] In addition to a completed application, a $40 non-refundable registration fee, payable by check or money order to SAI-Vets Club, is required to reserve a seat.

For information about upcoming GAFPB testing, contact Robert Prah at prah@calu.edu or phone 724-938-4076.

Utilize the McKeesport Veterans Resource Center's services.

The Veterans Resource Center in nearby McKeesport, Pa., offers a wide range of services to war zone veterans of all eras, veterans of both sexes who have experienced sexual trauma or harassment, and veterans who served during periods of combat hostilities from World War II through the current operations in the Persian Gulf, Somalia and the global war on terrorism. 

Services address issues such as:

  • Individual and group readjustment for veterans who served overseas during hostile conflicts.
  • Marital/family concerns.
  • Alcohol/drug use.
  • Homeless veterans.
  • Sexual trauma, especially among women veterans.
  • Bereavement.

 

The Veterans Center also provides:

  • Benefits assistance and referral.
  • Employment counseling and guidance.
  • Community education.
  • Liaison services with VA facilities.
  • Referral to community agencies,
  • Information regarding local and national veterans organizations and projects.

All services are available at no cost to eligible veterans, their families and significant others. The center occasionally offers services on Cal U's campus, as well as at its McKeesport location.

The Vet Center staff respects the privacy of all veterans and holds in strictest confidence all information disclosed. No information will be communicated to any person or agency without written consent from the veterans, except in circumstances to avert a crisis (Privacy Act, 1975). 

Contact the McKeesport Veterans Center
Veterans Resource Center

Address: Oak Park Mall
2001 Lincoln Way
McKeesport, PA 15131
Phone: 412-678-7704