Previously I wrote how the Student Veterans Association serves as “boots on the ground” on campus, helping Veterans reintegrate into college life and succeed academically. Now let’s look at some other resources available for Veterans at schools around the country.

University of Alabama — Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Among other benefits provided by the Office for Veteran and Military Affairs at The Capstone is a Veterans Work-Study Program designed to offer part-time work to Veterans, service members and dependents who are currently receiving Veterans educational benefits. Best of all, the work helps other Veterans – work-study employees assist in the processing of VA certification, maintaining Veterans’ files and entering VA student information into databases.

Penn State University — University Park, Pennsylvania

In Happy Valley, Veterans can enroll in their classes before other students – helping them get the times and sections they want. Priority registration at Penn State is available to all honorably discharged student Veterans of the United States armed forces, Reserve and National Guard.

Cal State University, Fullerton (CSUF) — Fullerton, California

CSUF offers a stipend to assist student Veterans with child care costs that are incurred as a result of their CSUF class schedule – not to mention a vibrant women Veterans community and career resources.

Johnson County Community College (JCCC) — Overland Park, Kansas

Knowing that Veterans and military students who have classes with their Veteran peers have better success rates in college, JCCC reserves sections of several popular credit classes for members of the U.S. military, Veterans and their dependents. That’s one of the many benefits the JCCC Veteran and Military Student Resource Center has championed for their Veteran students.

With all of the resources that America’s colleges and universities can provide for Veterans, this is a great time to earn your degree and pursue your career ambitions.

Just as America’s institutions of higher learning want to help you, you can help fellow Veterans after you’ve completed your education. Once the excitement of graduation has waned, consider a career with the Veterans Health Administration. Visit Join VA to learn more.

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Published on Feb. 12, 2016

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  1. Abby Lang February 19, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    Going forward, please help journalism eliminate the phrase – “boots on the ground” – even when used benignly. As J Winston noted in a Dec 16, 2015 letter to the editor in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

    “Soldiers are real people, not ‘boots’ As a soldier’s mom, I want to point out that these “boots” are living, breathing human beings. Soldiers are daughters, sons, moms, dads, brothers, sisters, in-laws, fiancées, and friends who will be sent into a war zone. No matter what your position on military involvement in the world, we should not dehumanize any person by referring to him or her as a “boot.”


    Thanks and best wishes.

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