Welcome back, Rebel Vets! With classes for the Spring 2012 semester starting next week (17 Jan), the campus is starting to wake up from our Winter Break quiet time. We’ve seen lots of you in the Office of Veteran Services this week to turn in your Semester Enrollment Forms and get your GI Bill benefits flowing for another semester. Rest assured that our VA Certifying Official is working hard to have your anticipated payments loaded on MyUNLV by the payment deadline. Be sure to check your MyUNLV account activity (Finances or Financial Aid tab) to see if it’s been done before you call to check on it…every phone called answered means time not spent processing paperwork.
If you’re looking for a refresher on how the GI Bill works, have general questions about VA policy, or are thinking of changing tracks, you might check out this blog post from the official VA blog, VAntage Point. Great resources there from a vet who is both a student and working at VA.
If you’re new to campus, please come visit the Office of Veteran Services sometime. We’d love to meet you and set you up with lots of tools for success. Also, be sure to reach out to the UNLV Student Veteran Organization when you’re ready to get involved and meet some of your peers. You’ll find them on Facebook and Twitter (@svounlv) or on the web at http://www.studentveterans.org/unlv.
Looking forward to working with you all and here’s to a great 2012!
Here’s another great opportunity for students new to UNLV and looking to get started on your core education requirements! This 3 credit English 101 class is reserved just for veterans and is on every VA-approved, GI Bill eligible undergraduate degree sheet at UNLV. Such a great opportunity to get to know fellow veterans while you also knock out an important required class. Contact Rebel VETS at 702-774-4611 to get released for enrollment!
We had a lovely event this morning to commemorate 9/11 and laid a wreath at the UNLV Veterans Memorial. We were honored to have so many members of the UNLV campus community join us and appreciate the participation of Air Force ROTC in presenting the colors and wreath and one of our own student veterans, Thomas Brecheisen, in playing the National Anthem and Taps.
Like any good military move, this one is progressing quickly by most people’s standards. We got the keys to our new office on Monday last week and have been making steady improvements every day. By Tuesday (8/30), all of the major furniture was moved in, Sally was set-up and working here, and Gail is on her way in a day or two. Now, we’re hanging photos on the walls and generally making the new Office of Veteran Services your new home.
Don’t forget to come by and see our new space in person! Stop by any time, but especially for our Open House on Sept 8, 2-4pm. Rumor has it that Sally will be baking an American flag into a cake. :-) See you Thursday!