UC Berkeley has been named one of California’s top “military friendly” schools due largely to its efforts in offering both financial and non-financial support services to veterans on campus, according to a recent poll.
On Monday, G.I. Jobs magazine released their annual Military Friendly Schools List, which recognizes the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that are doing the most to support and recognize American veterans as students, according to Matthew Pavelek, a senior editor for the magazine.
“I’m very pleased that the campus has earned this distinction – most of the time when people hear that there are veterans at UC Berkeley, they are surprised,” said Ron Williams, director of veterans services at the campus’s Transfer, Re-entry and Student Parent Center. “It’s great for folks to know that Cal is supportive towards student veterans.”
The campus and city communities have often been characterized as possessing anti-war sentiments. In 2007, when a Marine Corps Recruiting Center opened up on Shattuck Avenue, a series of protests erupted that lasted for more than a year. In January 2008, the Berkeley City Council passed resolutions supporting anti-war protests and criticizing the recruitment center.
But some veterans on campus said they have not felt ostracized or discriminated against.
“UC Berkeley has been extremely supportive of veterans like me,” said Greg Rogoff, a UC Berkeley senior and veteran.