Veterans Success Center

The mission of the St. John’s University Veterans Success Center (VSC) is to support student veterans at St. John’s University in their pursuit of higher education.

The Center assists student veterans with successful transitioning from military service to University life through networking opportunities, resources, community service, and advocacy. The SJUSVC aims to foster an environment honoring military service and improving the quality of their University experience.


"Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause.”
— Abraham Lincoln


Student Veteran Association Top Five Pillars

  1. Academics
  2. Career
  3. Leadership and Transition
  4. Service
  5. Graduation

The Veterans Success Center at St. John’s University offers:

  • A seamless approach to assisting student veterans from acceptance to commencement
  • An opportunity to receive mentoring, tutoring, housing assistance, financial aid, advising, and career services

VSC Contact Information

Mary Pelkowski
Associate Dean for Student Engagement 
Veteran’s Success Center
Marillac Terrace, Queens Campus
718-990-1420
[email protected]

Tyler DeFranco
Graduate Assistant for Veteran Affairs
Veteran’s Success Center 
Marillac Terace, Queens Campus
718-990-3841
[email protected]

One Goal, One Mission

As an SJU student and a member of the United States Armed Forces, you deserve recognition for your academic achievements and contributions.

The purpose of SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society is to provide an association for and recognition of academically outstanding student veterans and military in continuing higher education.

If you are interested in applying for SALUTE, please download the SALUTE application (PDF).

For more information, please visit SALUTE Web site or the SALUTE Facebook page.

Office of Admission
St. Vincent Hall
David Pierre
718-990-2616
[email protected]

Office of the Registrar
Newman Hall, Room 106
718-990-2000
[email protected]

University Libraries
We are here to assist your academic life at St. John's University.
Library hours and locations

Schools and Colleges

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Tomasz Jodlowski, Ph.D.
St. Albert Hall, Room 114
718-990-2487
[email protected]

College of Professional Studies
Randolph Ortiz
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, Room 268
718-990-2521
[email protected]

St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Andres Laurito
St. John’s Hall, Room 145
718-990-2094
[email protected]

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Douglas Leary
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, Room 11A
718-990-7352
[email protected]

The School of Education
Andrew D. Ferdinandi, Ph.D
Human Services and Counseling
Sullivan Hall, Fourth Floor
718-990-1561
[email protected]

Additional Important Contacts

Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Daniel Trujillo, Ph.D.
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, Garden Level
718-990-6774
[email protected]

University Freshmen Center
Andy Lyons
St. Augustine Hall, Room 104
718-990-6204
[email protected]

Transfer Student Services
Melissa Mirabella
Lourdes Hall
718-990-5533
[email protected]

University Information System (UIS)
Provides access to class schedule by day and time, detailed schedule, address information, e-mail, holds, academic record, overall status of financial aid, cost of attendance, and student requirements.

Financial Aid
Karen Morizio
Newman Hall, Room B28
718-990-1910
[email protected]

Marion M. Concilio
Financial Aid Counselor
718-990-7613
[email protected]

Maryanne H. Twomey
Director of Financial Aid / Research
Newman Hall, Room B28
718-990-5743
[email protected]

University Career Services
Daisy Saldana
St. Augustine Hall, Room 2-087
718-990-5979
[email protected]

Leadership Development
Chiang Ching-Kuo (CCK) Hall, Room 119
718-990-5400
[email protected]

Student Veterans Association
https://www.facebook.com/SJUSVA
[email protected]

Student Veterans of America

University Learning Commons
St. Augustine Hall, Room 103
718-990-6566, ext. 1367
[email protected]

University Writing Center
St. Augustine Hall
718-990-2171
[email protected]
Make an appointment online at stj.mywconline.com.

Online Learning and Services
718-990-2786
[email protected]

Laptop Shop
Sullivan Hall, 1st Floor
718-990-6672

Center for Counseling and Consultation
Marillac Hall, Room 130
718-990-6384

Office of Disability Services
Marillac Hall, Room 134
718-990-6867

Center for Psychological Services
Seton Complex
152-11 Union Turnpike
Queens, NY 11367
718-990-1900
[email protected]

Student Health Services
DaSilva Hall
718-990-6360

Off-Campus Housing
Residence Life provides resources designed to help make living off campus as easy as possible.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
For more information on health care benefits and services, please call 877-222-8387 or visit va.gov/health.

NYC Veterans’ Service Information Guide
www.nyc.gov/veterans

Veteran eBenefits
eBenefits is a one-stop shop for online benefits. This portal is designed for veterans, service members, and their families and caregivers.

Veteran Assistance College Outreach
Shawn C. Kingston, VHA-CM
Program Specialist (Outreach)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
James J. Peters VA Medical Center
130 W. Kingsbridge Rd, Bronx NY 10468
718-584-9000, ext. 5344
[email protected]

VA Clinic – Queens, NY
Thomas P. Noonan, Jr. Community Clinic
47-01 Queens Blvd, Room 301
Sunnyside, NY 11104

Services include: primary care, social work, mental health, and immunizations.

Women Veterans Resources
The Women Veterans Health Care Program is an integral part of the VA New York/New Jersey Veterans Healthcare Network. We pay special attention to women veterans with a focus on health promotion, disease prevention and management, and the emotional well-being of women veterans.

New York State Division of Veterans’ Affairs
888-838-7697

VA Health Benefits
VA provides a standard enhanced health benefits plan available to all enrolled veterans and maintains an annual enrollment system to manage the provision of quality hospital and outpatient medical care and treatment. VA provides every active-duty service member, Reservist or National Guard member who serves in a theater of combat operations five years of free health care beginning on the date of discharge or release from service for all illnesses and injuries unless clearly unrelated to military service. At the end of the five-year period, these veterans have the same eligibility for VA medical care as veterans of earlier conflicts, and co-payment status will depend on whether illness or injury is found to be service-connected.

Veterans Online Applications (VONAPP)
Apply for VA Benefits online at vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp.

VA Medical Centers and Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC)
VA Medical Centers provide a wide range of inpatient, outpatient and residential mental health services for veterans. VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics provide medical services including primary care, behavioral health care and other special programs as well as medication management for enrolled veterans. Staff at the VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics can also provide assessment and referral to more specialized services in the community or at the nearest VA Medical Centers.

To locate a VA Medical Center or Clinic, visit va.gov/directory.

To obtain VA forms and publications, visit va.gov/vaforms.

VA Education Benefits
VA provides educational benefits under the Montgomery GI Bill®, the Veterans Educational Assistance Program, the Dependents Educational Assistance Program and the Montgomery GI Bill®—Selected Reserve, Additional information can be obtained from a VA Regional Office at gibill.va.gov or 888-442-4551.

Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC)
New York State agency that helps people pay for college, information on available veterans tuition awards, awards for children of veterans. For more information, call 888-697-4372 or visit hesc.org.

Yellow Ribbon Program
The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. For more details, visit benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp.

Military Service Counseling Initiative 
The St. John’s University Center for Psychological Services, in conjunction with the PARTNERS program, has formed the Military Services Initiative (MSI) to provide therapeutic support for military servicemen and women and their families. The Initiative provides assessment and therapy services at no cost to those who present evidence of a current or past military ID. Contact the Center for Psychological Services at 718-990-1900.

University Career Services

University Career Services is here to provide our Veteran community with career advising, job-readiness skill training, internships, and employment services. 

We encourage you to begin utilizing University Career Services early and often in your college career.

US Department of Labor

Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS)
The VETS program has a collection of sources to assist veterans, active duty military, and employers in locating and matching military personnel with employment. Information is provided on grants for job training and hiring fairs; grants for homeless vets; and a compensation and benefits handbook for ill, wounded, and injured service members.

US Small Business Administration

Office of Veterans Business Development
SBA has a diverse assortment of programs available to assist veterans, reserve members of the military, and family and survivors with small businesses by providing information on starting a business, competing for grants, and hiring employees.

DoD Transition Assistance Program
This Department of Defense site includes a Career Decision Toolkit incorporating many components involved in developing a career. Additional material is available on transition, from relocation assistance to leaving the service.

Hire Heroes USA
Hire Heroes USA is dedicated to creating job opportunities for US military veterans and their spouses through personalized employment training and corporate engagement.

USAJOBS
The federal government has a long and outstanding record of employing veterans. Veterans have technical skills in areas of critical importance, and many also already have security clearances required for some federal positions. Federal service provides a means for veterans to continue their noble service to this country.

My Next Move for Veterans

My Next Move for Veterans is designed for US veterans who are current job seekers, this interactive tool helps vets learn about their career options. Veterans can find careers through keyword search, by browsing industries that employ different, types of workers, or by discovering civilian careers that are similar to their job in the military.

Other Career-Related Web Sites

Employers with Veteran Employment Programs

Broadridge Financial SolutionsPrice Waterhouse Coopers
DeloitteProgressive Insurance
Department of Homeland SecurityRobert Half International
Department of Justice Bureau of PrisonsTD Bank
Enterprise HoldingsJP Morgan Chase
Federal Bureau of InvestigationVerizon
KPMG LLPThe Home Depot
New York City Civilian Complaint BoardFirst Data
NBC UniversalTransportation Security Administration
North Shore Long Island Jewish Health SystemUS Army Health Care NYC
NYC Police DepartmentUS Navy & US Secret Service