BCTC offers Veterans Tools for Success

Have you heard of the VSOC program? It stands for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) VetSuccess on Campus program and BCTC is a location! 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. BCTC's VSOC counselor can be found Tuesdays and Wednesdays on the Leestown campus in Building C, Room C-117 or anytime at carlton.hylander@va.gov.

VetSuccess on Campus services are available to Service members and Veterans eligible for any of VAs educational programs, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill, as well as VAs 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, VAs 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. Visit BCTC's VSOC counselor on campus to learn more about this program or email him at carlton.hylander@va.gov for more information.

VAs 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.