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.
Letter from VA Counselor Diane Wilson
Read about tools UMUC offers to ensure success of our veterans in a letter from VA counselor Diane Wilson.
UMUC offers Veterans Tools for Success
A letter from Diane H. Wilson
Have you heard of the VSOC program? It stands for the Department of Veteran's Affairs VetSuccess on Campus program—and UMUC 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®1 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. UMUC 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 UMUC'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.
1 GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website.
About VetSuccess Counselors and Services
As part of the program, our VA counselor, Diane Wilson, works on-site at UMUC at the Academic Center at Largo in Largo, Maryland. Additionally, Diane is 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.
Diane provides direct services to veterans, as well as servicemembers and military spouses, including helping with health, education, and other VA benefits. She also serves as a resource 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 counselor connects with students via e-mail, by telephone, and in person. Two days a month, she is 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
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.