The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is developing innovative ways to help Veterans make the transition to college life. Through our VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program, we are strengthening partnerships with institutions of higher learning and creating opportunities to help Veterans achieve success by providing outreach and transition services to the general Veteran population during their transition from military to college life.
The VSOC program provides:
- A VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor assigned to each VSOC school to provide vocational testing and career, academic, and readjustment counseling services
- A VA Vet Center Outreach Coordinator, co-located on many campuses, to provide peer-to-peer counseling and referral services
VetSuccess counselors ensure that Veterans receive the support and assistance needed to pursue their educational and employment goals. Because the VetSuccess counselors are easily accessible on campuses, they help resolve any problems that could potentially interfere with a Veteran's educational program, to include assisting with disability requirements. If needed, they can also provide referrals for health services through VA Medical Centers, Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, or Vet Centers.
VSOC began as a pilot in 2009 at the University of South Florida, and is currently located at 32 campuses across the country. Plans are currently underway to increase VSOC to additional campuses during FY 2013. A complete list of VSOC locations and counselor contact information can be found at the following link: VetSuccess On Campus Locations and Contacts
The map below provides interactive resources from within the VA and other resources for Servicemembers, Veterans, and their family members to support their successful transition to college life. Select your state on the map below and scroll down to view relevant on campus resources.