By: Carl Schorr and Brittany Beimourtrusting
Have you heard of the “VSOC” program? It stands for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) VetSuccess on Campus program–and FSCJ is a participating 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 centers and VA medical facilities, as well as referring service members, veterans and dependents as needed. Counselors also provide assistance to those applying for VA medical and non-medical benefits. FSCJ’s VSOC counselors can be found on campus at The Military and Veterans Service Center, 940 North Main St. Jacksonville, FL 32202 (Downtown Campus). More information can be found by calling (904) 357-8890.
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.
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 the most effective use of their VA benefits, and help them to achieve their goals. Visit FSCJ’s VSOC counselor on campus to learn more about this program.
VA’s GI Bill website 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, visit the new Veterans Employment Center on eBenefits.