Spring 2012 – Welcome Back!

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!


Rebel VETS Writers – Spring 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!


Bootstraps to Briefcases

2011 Veterans Day – Run to Remember

We have a full day of events planned to celebrate Veterans Day at UNLV this year and the centerpiece of our day is a new event called “Run to Remember”.  This should be an exciting, meaningful event and we hope you’ll spend some time running with us on November 10, 2011.

Our Run to Remember will begin at 0600 (6am) on November 10, 2011, and conclude at 1800 (6pm). Runners will be running with a light-weight aluminum flag pole and a 2’x3′ US flag. (If ROTC students would prefer to run with their unit’s guidon pole/US flag, that is fine also.) The course will go from our table on Pida Plaza, north to the Veterans Memorial, west to MPE, and back. It is about a 1 mile loop and should take folks about 10 minutes to complete. However, we are asking people to sign up for blocks of TIME rather than completed loops, in order to keep a consistent schedule. Runners should simply sign up for a block of time on the shared spreadsheet (minimum 10 minutes – no stated max).

Sign up with Google Docs here.
We will have T-shirts and snacks for all of the runners, as well as a safety golf cart to drive in front of the runner to clear the way and be on-hand for emergencies. All runners are asked to arrive at the SVO/Rebel VETS table on Pida Plaza 10 minutes before the schedule run time to pick up a t-shirt and sign a liability waiver.

Any questions can be directed to Sally Caspers at Rebel VETS at 702-774-4611 or sally.caspers@unlv.edu. I’m looking forward to a GREAT event!

9/11 Commemorative Wreath Laying

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.

Students assemble a flag display in honor of the lives lost on 9/11.
Description of the flag display near CEB.
Flag display near completion.  The finished work included 120 US flags and 12 international flags, each signified the loss of 25 lives.
Joe Sorge, President of the UNLV Student Veterans Organization, sharing thoughts on 9/11.
UNLV Air Force ROTC Honor Guard presents the wreath.
Maj. Ross Bryant, US Army retired, shares memory of 9/11 and perspective on former UNLV Army ROTC cadets still serving on active duty.
Thanks to all who attended this special event.  Don’t forget about the rest of our schedule today.  You can find more information on our Events page.  Hope we will see you later this afternoon!


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!

A Place to Call Home

Good news, Rebel Veterans!  A new Office of Veteran Services is opening on the main campus beginning August 29, 2011!

You’ll have to pardon our dust for a few days as we get settled and bear with us as we slowly transition Rebel VETS and our VA Certifying Official (in the process of doing all your certifications) to our new spaces, but we’re excited to have you visit!  You’ll find us in SSC-A in room 311 (It’s the old International Students Office).  This is the same building as Financial Aid, Cashiering, and Disability Resources, and just across the sidewalk from the Academic Success Center and the Registrar.  Talk about convenient!

We’ll be hosting an open house on Sept 8, 2-4pm.  Be sure to swing by for some cookies and lemonade and to say hi.  In the meantime, if you’ve got free time and want to help make the place shine, come on over and grab a rag.  We’re so anxious to make this place yours.

Welcome back, Rebel Veterans!  We’re glad you’re here!