VSOC Offers Vet Students Tools for Success
October 01, 2015
Have you heard of the VSOC program? VSOC stands for VetSuccess on Campus and is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs sponsored and funded program. Webster is a proud participant in the program.
Through the VSOC program, VA places experienced vocational rehabilitation counselors on college campuses to assist the growing number of service members, Veterans, and dependents attending school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and other VA educational programs.
These VSOC counselors are trained to provide academic and vocational guidance to veterans, and help connect them to other VA benefits, including health care and mental health services. The VSOC counselors maintain close relationships with local VA Vet Centers and VA medical facilities, referring service members, veterans and dependents as needed and providing assistance applying for VA medical and nonmedical benefits.
Webster University’s VSOC counselor is Jason Blakemore, who can be found on campus at Suite 102 in Loretto Hall.
VetSuccess on Campus services are available to service members and Veterans eligible for any of VA’s educational programs, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill, as well as VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. VSOC counselors can also assist dependents of Veterans who are receiving VA education benefits, including eligible spouses attending school through the Post 9/11 GI Bill and eligible children.
In addition, VA’s Education and Career Counseling Program offers a great opportunity for transitioning service members and Veterans to get personalized counseling and support to guide their career paths, ensure most effective use of their VA benefits, and help them achieve their goals. Feel free to visit with Jason any questions or concerns regarding VA benefits and services.
Also, VA’s GI Bill website (http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/) offers tools to help Veterans transition from military service to student success. For career assistance, including connecting to employers looking to hire service members, Veterans and dependents, the new Veterans Employment Center on eBenefits (https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs) is a one-stop-shop offering online tools and resources.
Contact Webster's VSOC counselor Jason Blakemore:
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