Ariel J. Luna, Bergen County, New Jersey’s Director of Veterans Services, will be interviewed on Bruce Hurwitz Presents! for a discussion about issues facing veterans transitioning to civilian life. The show will air live Thursday, February 18 at 9 AM (Eastern Time).
Luna enlisted in the U.S. Army at the start of 2000 and he was stationed as a communication soldier in Fort Gordon, Georgia, South Korea, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After he left the Army in 2002, he joined the NY National Guard where he was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004-2005. While serving in the National Guard, Luna was pursing his bachelor’s degree at Brooklyn College. He recently completed his Masters in Administrative Science with a concentration in Non-Profit Organizational Development from Fairleigh Dickinson University.
In 2007, Luna received the opportunity to run a program at the NYC College of Technology. In a period of two years, the Veteran Services Office assisted over 500 veterans with educational benefits, disability claims, job referrals, G.I. Bill workshops, and student veteran events.
In 2009, Luna came on as the new director of veteran services for Fairleigh Dickinson University. The Office of Veteran Services was created and students on campus and online now had access to a one stop shop for a majority of their needs. Students had access to one of the most knowledgeable individuals about the new Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. Luna was involved with the group Student Veterans of America back in 2008. This was one of the key groups that helped lobby to pass the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.
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