As Viviana DeCohen was being honored by her alma mater at a planned event last night, she was surprised to receive an additional distinction: a proclamation from the Westchester County Board of Legislators.
At their Bronx Leadership Awards Reception, Mercy College recognized DeCohen as an alumna who has worked to deepen and strengthen the institution's connections in the Bronx community; DeCohen served as the Program Manager and Military/Veterans Counselor at Mercy before joining Concordia.
DeCohen didn’t realize she’d have an additional honor to take home. The Westchester County Board of Legislators has named June 29, 2019 Viviana DeCohen Day, and presented her with an official framed proclamation in honor of her career-long commitment to veterans.
A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, DeCohen has over 20 years of experience in veteran services and health care. She also serves as the Associate Pastor of Mount Vernon Heights Congregational Church and in 2018 was named one of the Bronx Times Reporter's 25 Influential Women for the impact she makes in the Bronx.
DeCohen said: “It feels strange to be recognized for serving the people I love: veterans. The honor is all for them. It is my privilege and life’s work to give our veterans pathways to successful civilian lives through education and support services.”