Cameron University to host educational resource session for spouses and children of active duty military and veterans

The Cameron University Office of Veterans Affairs will present an educational resource session for spouses and children of active duty and veterans on Wednesday, October 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event, which will feature a representative from the VA Muskogee Regional Processing Office, will take place in Room 332 of the North Shepler Tower. For more information, call 580-581-2301.

“Military dependents are frequently unaware of the educational benefits they can access through the VA,” says Vicki Henson, CU Veterans Affairs coordinator. “We are pleased to offer this opportunity so that all veteran and active-duty military dependents – either spouses or children –  can gain an understanding of the benefits they are entitled to and how to access those benefits.”

Kelly Martin, a quality and training expert from the VA Muskogee Regional Processing Office, will be available to answer questions about various types of VA Educational Benefits for Dependents.

“VA educational benefits include Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance under Chapter 35,” Henson says. “This particular chapter provides education and training opportuniites to eligible dependents and survivors of certain veterans, including those whose death was caused by a service-connected disability, those who are rated for total and permanent service-connected disabiity, or service members who are listed as Missing in Action. Other survivors and dependents may also be eligible.”

Information will also be available about  the Post 9/11 GI Bill® transferabiilty option which allows servicemembers to transfer all or some unused benefits to eligible dependent children and spouses. The request to transfer unused Post 9/11 GI Bill® benefits must be completed while serving as an active member of the Armed Forces. The Department of Defense determines whether or not a servicemember can transfer VA educational benefits to their families.

“Regardless of which educational benefits a spouse or dependent uses, staff members from Cameron University’s Office of Veterans Affairs will be available to assist in facilitating the initiation and use of VA Educational beneftis at Cameron,” Henson says.

In addition, Julia Miller will be available from 8 a.m. to noon to provide information on Troops to Teachers, which facilitates the process of obtaining teacher certification for helps transitioning service members, veterans, and their spouses.

Representatives from the Red River Vet Center will also be available to provide free counseling and other services to dependents of veterans and active-duty service members.

Alfred Finch, Cameron’s VetSuccess on Campus counselor, will be available to visit with students regarding an array of services. He will facilitate appointments for personalized visits regarding how to access, understand and apply for VA benefits, including educational benefits, disability compensation, life insurance, educational benefits, home loan guaranty and vocational rehabilitation, and more. 

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October 3, 2019