John Canestaro, from the New York State Veterans Office, is holding office hours on campus to help military veterans at Cornell and in Tompkins County with their state and federal benefits.
Canestaro will be on campus Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Room 127a, Humphreys Service Building (Door 5), 639 Dryden Road. Visitor parking permits are available at the Customer Service Center (Door 2) and there is accessible parking. Humphreys is a 20-minute walk from central campus and is reachable on multiple TCAT bus routes (see interactive map). Appointments can be made by calling 607-255-8719 or emailing John.Canestaro@veterans.ny.gov.
Canestaro provides the following services:
- Assist, counsel and advocate for veterans, members of the armed services and their families and survivors regarding federal and state veterans’ benefits;
- Assist in the preparation and processing of claims; and
- Help veterans obtain veterans’ educational benefits.
The return of the New York State Veterans Office to campus supports the mission of the university’s Veterans Colleague Network Group to raise the awareness of veteran issues at Cornell; provide a forum for veterans who served during combat or peacetime – and their supporters – to discuss topics of mutual interest and concern; and support the university’s recruitment and retention of veteran.