The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has placed VA counselors at 8 college campuses to help veterans transition from their roles as soldiers to their roles as students. The shift from a military lifestyle to a civilian lifestyle can often be stressful. Coupling that transition with entering college can be overwhelming, which is why the VA offers the VetSuccess program.
The counselors involved in the VetSuccess program are trained in specific areas. Because of the distinctive issues veteran-students face, such as being non-traditional students, the VetSuccess counselors utilize peer-to-peer counseling, among other services. Along with the full-time counselor on staff, the VetSuccess program employs a part-time outreach coordinator. That coordinator’s job is to help veteran-students with:
- Support; and
- Meeting health and educational needs.
In addition to academic and adjustment counseling, the VetSuccess program also provides such services as vocational testing and referrals. The program was born as a pilot program on the University of South Florida’s campus and has since grown to exist on 8 different campuses across the country. Today’s version is much more balanced and effective than the original program and helping many more veterans where it is needed.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, contact Veterans Help Group. You may be entitled to certain programs and benefits so contact our veterans disability rights firm today.