The Department of Veterans Affairs will nearly triple the number of colleges and universities where it offers on-campus vocational and rehabilitative VA counseling, officials said Thursday.
The “VetSuccess on Campus” program, which began in 2009, will expand from its existing 32 campuses to 94, the department said. The counselors are able to refer veterans for counseling or medical services and help them apply for VA medical and other benefits.
Curt Coy, VA’s deputy undersecretary for economic opportunity, told reporters during a conference call that counselors typically answer many questions about educational benefits, but frequently assist in other areas. The counselors “can, in many cases, break through any concerns or questions they may have, and help them connect with their benefits,” he said.
“Placing experienced VA counselors directly on college campuses strengthens VA’s partnership with institutions of higher learning and creates myriad opportunities to help veterans succeed,” Allison A. Hickey, VA’s under secretary for benefits, said in a statement.
Among the area universities being added to the program are George Washington University, George Mason University and Northern Virginia Community College.
A full list of universities can be found on the program’s Web site at www.vetsuccess.gov.