Robert enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in 2012, following in his brother’s, a Marine veteran and Purple Heart recipient, footsteps. Robert served overseas in both South Korea and Japan. Currently, he is in his senior year at Fordham University dual majoring in Political Science & Economics. There, he is also the Chief of Communications of the Fordham Veterans Association. In addition to being a 2017-18 Veterans in Global Leadership fellow, Robert is an incoming intern at the New York City Department of Veterans’ Services, in their Whole Health & Community Resilience department.


"Veterans have unique and specific needs when it comes to the field of education. Taking some time off from the classroom for service can make for difficult reintegration back to a full time classroom setting. Often , this results in veterans taking longer than the average student to complete their degrees. Reasons such as this is why extending the GI Bill's time limit is necessary, as well as extending the benefit to those who have been previously denied it, among other educational benefits."