Initiatives & Activities
We invite you to join us in our mission–to leverage the strengths, talent, and dedication of our members and friends to uplift and support fellow veterans and to cultivate leaders for military and public service. Among the initiatives and activities the YVA has already undertaken:
Corporal Langdon Laws Ricketts Award – Organized and supported by the YVA’s Marine veterans, the award, which includes a $500 stipend, is given to the Marine candidate and graduating senior who demonstrates the greatest potential for Marine leadership.
YVA members Jay Mangone ’13GRAD and JD Hamel ’13JD organized the inaugural 2012 award, which was presented to Marine candidate Isabel Marin ’12. Isabel was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps upon her graduation.
With the continued support of the Yale alumni community, the YVA plans to make the Corporal Ricketts Award perennial–and to create additional awards to recognize the achievements of Yale students participating in ROTC and other officer candidate programs.
Yellow Ribbon Advocacy – YVA members Andrew Crawford ’13JD, John Perez ’12SOM, and Rob Cuthbert ’13GRAD worked to improve Yale’s financial support of the federally administered Yellow Ribbon program.
After documenting Harvard’s and Columbia’s more generous financial assistance for veterans, the YVA team demonstrated to the adminsitration that improving supplemental GI Bill assistance would encourage more veterans to matriculate. The YVA secured large Yellow Ribbon funding increases from the Yale School of Management, as well as increased support from Yale’s other graduate programs and Yale College.
Veterans Day – The YVA played an integral role in Yale’s observance, participating in the morning ceremony and sponsoring a screening and panel discussion for the documentary film The First Yale Unit and the Birth of Naval Aviation, which documents the students and graduates of Yale who led the development of naval aviation.
Social Outreach – In keeping with its pledge to connect veterans of different generations, the YVA hosted multiple “beer calls” to bring together Yale’s veterans for good drinks and conversation. The informal gatherings give attendees a chance to network and learn about the growing opportunities available for Yale’s veteran population.
General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan, joined the group on April 11, 2012, for its final monthly gathering of the semester.