GREENVILLE, S.C., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- United States Veterans have risked everything and given of themselves to the highest extent for the sake of the United States and the safety and well-being of its citizens. There is no way to say, "Thank you" enough to these brave individuals. Very many colleges offer benefits and programs for veterans to help make their transition into college life after the military easier. There are also a large number of programs that schools participate in to reduce or, in some cases, eliminate costs of college for veterans. This ranking was intended to for veterans to be able to find the best 4-year colleges that have their unique needs in mind. Anne Velusa, research editor at OnlineCollegePlan.com, has taken great care in researching colleges and universities to find those which offer veterans the best quality education, highest retention and graduation rates veterans and military members, and highest salaries within 6 years of graduation. The end result of this research is "Top 20 4-Year Colleges for Veterans" ( http://www.onlinecollegeplan.com/4-year-colleges-veterans/). The complete methodology is available in the ranking. New York is represented twice on the list with D'Youville College (1) and Excelsior College (14). New Jersey has two universities in the ranking with Stockton University (6) and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (8).