Eric Watson ’91 wasn’t envisioning himself as a U.S. Marine Corps aviator when he first came to Syracuse University. The Washington D.C., native originally intended on studying computer science, but as is the case with many college students, Watson realized…
VetSuccess on Campus Program Available at University
Through the VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has an experienced vocational rehabilitation counselor on the Syracuse University campus to assist the growing number of service members, veterans, and dependents attending school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other VA educational programs. Katherine Untiedt can be found in the University College building at 700 University Ave., Suite 326 G. She works closely with the Veteran Resource Center and the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs. She can be reached at 315-443-0177 or Katherine.Untiedt@va.gov.
VSOC counselors are trained to provide academic and vocational guidance to veterans and help connect them to other VA benefits, including health care and mental health services. VSOC counselors maintain close relationships with local VA vet centers and VA medical facilities, referring service members, veterans and dependents as needed and providing assistance applying for VA medical and nonmedical benefits.
VSOC services are available to service members 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 an opportunity for transitioning service members 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.
VA’s GI Bill website (http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/) offers tools to help veterans transition from military service to student success. For career assistance, including connecting to employers looking to hire service members, veterans and dependents, the new Veterans Employment Center on eBenefits (https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs) is a one-stop-shop offering online tools and resources.