Have you heard of the “VSOC” program? It stands for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) VetSuccess on Campus program, and the University of New Mexico is a location spot. Through the VSOC program, the 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® and other VA educational programs.

The 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 servicemembers, veterans and dependents as needed, and providing assistance applying for VA medical and nonmedical benefits. UNM’s VSOC counselor can be found on campus at the Student Union Building, Suite 2002.

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 UNM’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.