Jack Mordente

Coordinator of Veterans and Military Affairs

Southern CT State University (SCSU)

From 1970-1974 Jack served on active duty in the US Army as a Social Worker and continued with the Army Reserves until 1982.

Since 1975 he has been the Coordinator of Veterans and Military Affairs at Southern CT State University (SCSU). He provides counseling, academic advisement and assistance with GI Bill certifications. He certifies veterans for the CT War Veterans Tuition Waiver and CT National Guard Tuition Waiver programs. He also serves as liaison to local, state and federal agencies. In 1976 Jack established a Veterans Drop-In Center with computers, microwave, refrigerator and TV. It's a place for veterans to meet each other, network, socialize, provide tutoring, tell tall stories and relax between classes. The campus Veterans Association also meets there.

In 2005 Governor Jodi Rell inducted Jack into the CT Veterans Hall of Fame. In 2006 he discovered that the Department of Defense (DOD) and Veterans Administration (VA) were telling war deployed National Guard and Reservists that their GI Bill ended when their six year contract ended. After a press conference with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and then Attorney General Richard Blumenthal, the VA and DOD acknowledged their error and notified Guard and Reservists nationwide.

Jack has given numerous presentations regarding veteran's education. In 2007 he first gave his presentation "From the Battlefield to the Classroom" at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) annual conference. He continues to give the presentation to staff, faculty and students at universities, in the classroom and to other organizations. He has given numerous radio and television commentary.

Jack is the past president of the Vietnam Veterans National Association of Concerned Veterans (NACV) and the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators (NAVPA). He chaired the CT Vietnam Herbicides (Agent Orange) Information Commission. He serves on Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro's Veterans Advisory Committee and the Veterans Administrations Mental Health Community Advisory Board (MHCAB).