Program to give some Cen-Tex veterans assistance with college

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Friday, August 30, 2013 - 8:46am

Central Texas veterans who are choosing to attend school will soon be receiving help from the Department of Veteran Affairs. The government announced Friday morning it is expanding the availability of services through the VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program to an additional 62 new locations this fall – bringing the number of VSOC schools across the country to 94.

“VetSuccess on Campus is an innovative approach to help Veterans in the often difficult transition from military service to academic life,” said Allison A. Hickey, VA’s Under Secretary for Benefits. “Placing experienced VA counselors directly on college campuses strengthens VA’s partnership with institutions of higher learning and creates myriad opportunities to help Veterans succeed.”

This expansion triples the number of on-campus VA vocational rehabilitation counselors available to help ease Veterans’ transition to student life and assist them in achieving their educational and career goals through VA’s Post-9/11 GI Bill and other education benefit programs.

The counselors maintain close relationships with local VA Vet Centers and VA medical facilities, referring Veterans as needed for counseling or medical services and providing assistance enrolling in and applying for VA medical and nonmedical benefits. Partner schools provide on-campus office space for the VA counselors.

Since the inception of the Post-9/11 GI Bill four years ago, VA has issued about $30 billion in payments to help nearly 1 million Servicemembers, Veterans and family members pursue their education.

VA has signed agreements with the following schools as part of the FY13 expansion (Central Texas schools in bold):

 

American River College (CA)
Austin Community College (TX)
Austin Peay State University – Clarksville (TN)
Bellevue University (NE)
Bluegrass Community College (KY)
California State University – Long Beach
California State University – Los Angeles
Central Texas College (Killeen, TX)
Citrus College (CA)
East Carolina University
ECPI University (VA)
Florida International University
Florida State College at Jacksonville
Florida State University
George Mason (VA)
George Washington University (DC)
Harrisburg Area Community College (PA)
Hawaii Pacific University
Houston Community College (TX)
Irvine Valley College (VA)
Johnson County Comm. College (KS)
LA City College (CA)
Leeward Community College (HI)
Liberty University (VA)
Lone Star College System – University Park (TX)
Long Beach City College (CA)
Middlesex Community College (NJ)
Midlands Technical College (SC)
Mira Costa College (CA)
Mt. San Antonio College (CA)
Northern Virginia Community College- Alexandria
Northern Virginia Community College - Annandale
Northwest Arkansas College
Northwest Florida State College
The Ohio State University
Old Dominion University (VA)
Pasadena City College (CA)
Portland Community College (OR)
Rutgers (NJ)
Saddleback College (CA)
San Antonio College (TX)
Santa Fe Community College (FL)
Southwestern Illinois College
St. Leo University
Syracuse University
Tallahassee Community College (FL)
Texas A&M University
Troy University (AL)
University of Alabama
University of Arkansas
University of Cincinnati (OH)
University of Florida
University of Houston (TX)
University of Illinois (Champaign)
University of Hawaii - Manoa
University of Kentucky
University of Nebraska
University of Nevada – Las Vegas
University of Texas - Arlington
University of West Florida
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Webster University – St. Louis (MO)

 

VSOC began in June 2009 with a pilot at the University of South Florida and expanded to San Diego State University and Cleveland State within six months. The program continued to grow with five additional locations in 2011 and 24 by 2012.

Partner schools are selected for the size of their student Veteran population and proximity to a VA Regional Office, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service office, Vet Center or VA medical center, among other factors.

For more information on the VetSuccess program, go to http://www.vetsuccess.gov.

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