For Our Military

The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) helps transition veterans and active military students into college life and academic success.  

The VRC offers assistance in accessing VA benefits and VA healthcare through the Veteran Success on Campus (VSOC) and Veterans in Transition to Academic Leadership (VITAL) programs.  These programs serve as the on-campus face of the VA to address the unique needs of Veterans in college.

Kardyn Flores, Veterans Counselor
Email: kardyn@hawaii.edu
Phone: 808-455-0274
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm

Services offered:

  • Academic Counseling
  • Veteran Benefits Application Assistance
  • MYCAA degree plans
  • Tuition Assistance submission assistance
  • Joint Service Transcript and CCAF Transcript requests
  • Active Duty/Dependent Scholarships Search
  • Veterans Resume Writing Workshops
  • Job postings and announcements for Veterans
  • Job Prep assistance
  • Veterans Group Support Services

Read more about VetSuccess on Campus Program

VRC Location:  BS 103
Claire Kusakabe (VSOC Counselor)
Email: claire.kusakabe@va.gov
phone: 808-455-0313
Office Hours:

  • Monday 8:30-4:30
  • Wednesday 8:30-4:30
  • Thursday 8:30-11:30

Services offered through the VBA’s VSOC program include:

  • Assistance in accessing VA benefits, VA medical referrals, or Veteran-specific career and employment services.
  • Referral for health services through VA medical facilities and local Vet Centers, information on submitting a claim for Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VRE) as well as locating community and campus resources.
  • Supportive guidance to ensure Veterans’ health, education, and VA benefit needs are met, while utilizing their VA educational benefits.

Dr. Nadine Shigezawa (Clinical Psychologist, VITAL Program)
Email: Nadine.Shigezawa@va.gov
Phone: 808-594-8039
Office Hours: by appointment

Services offered through the VHA’s VITAL program include:

  • On campus clinical counseling for student veterans with PTSD or other concerns, including relationship problems, academic functioning, or general adjustment to civilian life
  • Assisting the veterans with understanding and accessing VA healthcare and other veterans’ benefits
  • Providing information about PTSD, other Mental Health concerns, and the VA to faculty and interested students
  • Working with faculty or staff to enhance student veterans’ potential for academic success
  • Serving as a guest lecturer on topics such as PTSD, the VA’s role as a healthcare provider, or other related military or mental health concerns
  • Collaboration with veterans’ counselors currently located on campus
  • Promoting access to VA services

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