Chancellor King and SUNY Board of Trustees Statement on Veterans Day

November 13, 2023

"One of SUNY's founding mottos is 'To Serve.' On this Veterans Day, we at SUNY are proud to recognize those who serve our nation in our armed forces, and to recognize the selfless sacrifices they and their families make to keep our nation safe. We're also grateful for the contributions veterans and military-connected family members have made on our campuses for the past 75 years, including the more than 3,000 veterans currently seeking degrees at SUNY campuses and more than 1,000 veterans working on SUNY campuses.

"Our veterans strengthen our campus communities and are worthy of a tremendous amount of respect and attention, not just on Veterans Day, but every day. Their selflessness, devotion, and love of country are truly inspiring. We as a system are honored to provide veterans, military personnel, and military-connected family members with resources and support in their academic lives as a small token for the tremendous sacrifices they have made on our behalf."

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2023, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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