A History of Veteran Support
As thousands of New Yorkers returned to civilian life after World War II and the Korean War, many looked to the suburbs on Long Island as the place to settle and raise families. LIU Post was in part established to serve former service members studying under the GI Bill. LIU President Admiral Richard L. Conolly (Ret. USN) welcomed the first incoming class in 1955 of what was then known as C.W. Post College. These "pioneers" established an institution where "access to excellence" met the challenges of the post-Second World War population boom of Long Island.
As the campus grew and expanded, so too did the opportunities for service personnel who pursued access to higher education. Throughout the various incarnations of the Montgomery G.I. Bill, LIU Post remained steadfast in its commitment to our nation's veterans. With the introduction of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill – and the Yellow Ribbon Program, which covers costs of private college education beyond normal GI Bill benefits – LIU Post continues to welcome the men and women of America's armed forces.
Caption: The above image shows the flag raising ceremony on first day of classes at C.W. Post, September 22, 1955. Left to right, Nicholas Combatti, Admiral Richard L. Conolly, Pat Powers. Combatti and Powers are each Korean War veterans.