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VetSuccess on Campus

UMGC is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs VetSuccess on Campus participant.

VetSuccess on Campus is a program that helps veterans transition from military service to college and beyond. It's designed to ensure that veteran students have the support and assistance they need to be successful in higher education, their careers, and their lives.

Services are also available for military personnel, military spouses, and dependents.

VetSuccess on Campus Services

VetSuccess on Campus services include:

  • Serving veterans, servicemembers, and military spouses
  • Helping students sign up for health, education, and other VA benefits
  • Helping students choose a major, set career goals, search for a job, and adjust to civilian life

On-Site Counseling

Our VA counselor, Diane Wilson, works on-site at University of Maryland Global Campus at the Academic Center at Largo in Largo, Maryland, and is available once a month at other UMGC locations on military installations in the region, including Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Joint Base Andrews, Fort Belvoir, Fort Meade, Fort Myer, and Quantico Marine Corps Base. Two days a month, she is available at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.

You can connect with her via email at diane.wilson2@va.gov, via phone at 240-684-2555, or in person. On-site counseling is available at the Academic Center at Largo by appointment only.

Student Veterans Lounge

VetSuccess on Campus counselors offer open office hours at the Col Floyd G. and Lt Col Dona R. Hildebrand Student Veterans Lounge. While normally a physical space at the UMGC Academic Center at Largo, the lounge is currently a virtual lounge available Monday through Thursday, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm ET, on Zoom.

A Letter from VA Counselor Diane Wilson

Have you heard of the VSOC program? It stands for the Department of Veteran's Affairs VetSuccess on Campus program—and UMGC is a location spot! Through the VSOC program, VA places experienced vocational rehabilitation counselors on college campuses to assist the growing number of servicemembers, 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 healthcare and mental health services. The VSOC counselors maintain close relationships with local VA Vet Centers and VA medical facilities, referring servicemembers, veterans and dependents as needed and providing assistance applying for VA medical and nonmedical benefits. UMGC VSOC counselor can be

found on campus at 1616 McCormick Drive, Military Partnerships, Room 2272, Largo, MD 20774. They can be reached by phone at 240-684-2555.

VetSuccess on Campus services are available to servicemembers 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 servicemembers 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 UMGC'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 servicemembers, veterans and dependents, the new Veterans Employment Center on eBenefits is a one-stop-shop offering online tools and resources.

More Information

Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website to read more about VetSuccess on Campus. For more information, please contact Diane Wilson at 240-684-2555 or diane.wilson2@va.gov, or Leonie Perry at leonie.perry@va.gov.

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