Did you know that “VSOC” stands for the VetSuccess on Campus? This program is offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and NOVA has a location. Through the VSOC program, VA places experienced vocational rehabilitation counselors on college campuses 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.
These 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. The 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. Michelle Pohmer, NOVA’s VSOC counselor, can be found on both the Alexandria and Annandale campuses.
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 a great 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.
The 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 service members, veterans and dependents, the new Veterans Employment Center on eBenefits is a one-stop-shop offering online tools and resources.
The VA and NOVA partnership is a wonderful opportunity to serve students veterans. Please feel free to contact Pohmer directly by phone at 703.323.3893 (Annandale) or 703.575.4706 (Alexandria) or email her at Michelle.Pohmer@va.gov.