Carnegie Mellon University

Veterans Alliance

Meetings and Events

  • Light PT & Eats:
    • June 20 from 8:30–9:30 a.m. at Legacy Plaza 
    • Join fellow CMU veterans for an hour of camaraderie, breakfast and a short walk/run around the track. View the flyer [pdf] for more details.
  • Vets Virtual Office Hours:
    • Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    • Access via Zoom; no appointment required

Join the Veteran's Alliance to receive email updates on upcoming events and meetings


  • CMU Veterans & Military Community — Information on veterans education benefits, campus services, and the military and veterans community at CMU and in the Pittsburgh community
  • Veterans Resource Center — Faculty, staff and student veterans can visit to get help with their many federal, state and local benefits; located in the lobby of the GATF Building on Forbes Avenue (view photos of the center [pdf])
  • Veterans Leadership Program — Pittsburgh-based organization offering career development, housing, wellness and supportive services
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — Access and manage VA benefits and healthcare
  • VetResources — Weekly newsletter with resources for veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors
  • Veterans Place — Pittsburgh-based organization that empowers veterans to transition out of homelessness and helps at-risk veterans become engaged, valuable citizens who contribute to their communities
  • Veterans Crisis Line — 24/7, confidential crisis support for veterans and their loved ones

Mission Statement

To provide a community for active duty military, veterans and those who feel a kinship to support our veterans and military personnel across the Carnegie Mellon University campus, for sharing like experiences and interests, opportunities for engagement within the university community, and for providing outreach related to veteran and active duty military benefits from a variety of sources.


Abby Schachter, Co-Lead

Headshot of Abby SchachterAbby W. Schachter is the military programs and research manager at Carnegie Mellon University’s Institute for Politics and Strategy.

CMU hosts an annual cohort of senior military fellows who come to the university to learn, do research and improve their skills for their future assignments and commands. One part of Abby's job is making sure the fellowship year is productive and useful to each of the fellows. Her job has brought her into close professional contact with active military service members, veterans, ROTC cadets, midshipmen and military leaders. In all cases, it is Abby's privilege to bridge the civilian-military divide and to endeavor to serve the military community at CMU with respect and enthusiasm. Abby is a naturalized U.S. citizen and as such, she is grateful to be able to support the growth and strength of all of CMU's military service members.

Abby is raising four children with her husband Ben Schachter in Pittsburgh's Regent Square neighborhood. She is the author ofNo Child Left Alone: Getting the Government out of Parenting.

Harold Ennulat, Co-Lead

Headshot of Harold EnnulatHarold Ennulat is the associate director of program development & transition for the Software Solutions Division of the SEI, where he is responsible for revenue generation, customer engagement management, and satellite office leadership. He leads a team of nine sales professionals to ensure revenue goals are met and clients are provided with maximum impact solutions.

Prior to coming to CMU/SEI, Harold had a 21-year Air Force career in acquisition, with assignments in multiple programs, Air Force Headquarters, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where he was a senior program analyst for the under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics.

Veterans alliance at ERG table during CMU Community Picnic

The Veterans Alliance joined the other employee resource groups to host a table during the CMU Community Picnic on May 17, 2023.

Closeup of the Veterans Alliance banner

The Veterans Alliance joined CMU's employee resource groups to host a table during Spring Carnival.

Members of the Veterans Alliance and other ERGs at their table during Spring Carnival

Members of the Veterans Alliance greeted visitors at the employee resource group table during Spring Carnival.

Veterans Alliance members at Veterans Place delivering donations

Members of the Veterans Alliance delivered donations to Veterans Place following the 2022 Winter Necessity Drive sponsored by the employee resource groups.