Webster University and the Department of Veteran’s Affairs have partnered to bring
a VA VetSuccess on Campus Counselor to Webster University. Webster is one of only
94 schools nationwide to have a VSOC counselor on campus.
The VSOC program aims to help student Veterans and their qualified dependents succeed and thrive through a coordinated delivery of on-campus benefits assistance and counseling leading to completion of their education and preparing them to enter the labor market in viable careers.
What VSOC Counselors Provide
- Communication with student Veterans and their dependents to address questions regarding VA education benefits, health services, and general VA benefits
- Community and on-campus outreach to connect with new and potential students on campus and to bring awareness to the VSOC program
- Educational and Vocational Assessments and Counseling
Designed to help an individual choose a vocational direction and determine the course of action needed to achieve the chosen goal. Assistance may include interest and aptitude testing; occupational exploration; setting occupational goals; locating the right type of training program and exploring educational or training facilities which might be utilized to achieve an occupational goal.
Individuals who are eligible for educational and vocational counseling include the following:
- Transitioning Service members who are within six months prior to discharge from active duty, or Veterans within one year following discharge from active duty.
- Student Veterans and their qualified dependents who are eligible for and have entitlement
to VA education assistance under: The Post-9/11, Montgomery, or Selected Reserve G.I.
- Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, Reserve Educational Assistance Program
- Post-Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program, and
- The Dependents' Educational Assistance Program
Webster's VetSuccess On Campus Counselor (VSOC)
Jason Blakemore M.A., CRC
Additional information, as well as VA Form 28-8832, Educational/Vocational Counseling Application, may be found at http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/edu_voc_counseling.asp
- Survivors and Dependents Assistance
- Provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of certain Veterans Additional information, as well as VA Form 22-5490, Dependents' Application for VA Education Benefits, may be found at http://www.benefits.va.gov/giBill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp
- Adjustment counseling to resolve problems that interfere with completion of education programs and entrance into employment
- Referrals for health services, including mental health treatment through VHA medical centers, Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, or Vet Centers
- Assistance to Veterans applying for other VA benefits
- VA Home Loan, Compensation, Pension etc.
- Referrals to community services and organizations as needed
- Veteran Mentorship Program
- Providing a student to student support structure for newly arriving veterans on campus by pairing existing Webster veteran students with a freshman or transfer veteran student.