VetSuccess on Campus Brings the VA to UMUC
Students can get support and help from Department of Veterans Affairs counselors right here at UMUC.
University of Maryland University College is proud to have been selected by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to participate in the VetSuccess on Campus program.
About VetSuccess on Campus
VetSuccess on Campus helps veterans transition from military service to college. The program is designed to ensure UMUC’s 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.
About VetSuccess Counselors and Services
As part of the program, two VA counselors, Shonda McLaughlin and Diane Wilson, work on-site at UMUC at the Academic Center at Largo in Largo, Maryland. Additionally, they're available once a month at other UMUC 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.
They provide direct services to veterans, as well as servicemembers and military spouses, including helping with health, education, and other VA benefits. They also are resources for help with choosing a major to fit your career goals, searching for a job, and adjusting to civilian life.
Connecting Vets with Support Services
Our VA counselors connect with students via e-mail, by telephone, and in person. Two days a month, they are available at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Students from the D.C. area, across the U.S., and as far away as Sweden and Afghanistan have taken advantage of the VetSuccess on Campus program at UMUC.
The VetSuccess On Campus program is part of the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment VetSuccess Program authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31.
The VeteransSuccess Club is the UMUC chapter of Student Veterans of America. The student-run club is another way the university supports our veterans as they pursue higher education and transition into civilian life. We've hosted a wide range of events, from résumé workshops to presentations on internships to talks on mental health issues.
"The purpose of the program is to provide veterans with a supportive educational environment. I'm here to assist students in whatever way I can, from answering questions about veteran benefits to providing help writing a resume."
Contact VetSuccess on Campus at UMUC
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On-site counseling is available at the Academic Center at Largo, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call ahead to confirm availability.
Visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to read more about VetSuccess on Campus.
Check Out the Veterans Lounge
The UMUC Veterans Lounge is a great resource for our student veterans. There, you can talk with military and veteran staff or just relax and study.