VetSuccess on Campus Program (VSOC)
The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) VetSuccess on Campus program (VSOC) 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.
Leeward VSOC counselors are trained to provide academic and vocational guidance to Veterans as well as help connect them to other VA benefits, including healthcare and mental health services. The VSOC counselors maintain close relationships with local VA Vet Centers and VA medical facilities and can refer Service Members, Veterans and dependents as needed while also providing assistance in applying for VA medical and nonmedical benefits.
The Leeward VSOC Counselor, Claire Kusakabe, can be reached at (808) 455-0313 .
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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. Visit Leeward Community College’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 Service members, Veterans and dependents, the new Veterans Employment Center on eBenefits is a one-stop-shop offering online tools and resources.