Thomas University is dedicated to providing support to student veterans. Although Thomas University does not determine eligibility for VA benefits, the Admissions office is here to assist you with certifying your enrollment to VA in an accurate and timely manner. This page is designed to provide you with information you may need to be a successful student veteran at Thomas University.
A MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL
thomas university student veteran services
Thomas University is dedicated to providing support to our student veterans. Student Veteran Services in partnership with the Admission Department are here to assist wih your enrollment at Thomas University. This includes certifying your enrollment in an accurate and timely manner.
For questions about GI Bill Benefits and other aid for Veterans at Thomas University, please view the Financial Aid for Veterans page at: http://www.thomasu.edu/Content/Default/12/903/0/financial-aid/aid-for-veterans.html
For Questions about Veteran/GI Bill Benefit
- You can send the VA a secure email that will usually be answered within 48 hours. You can also search for answers to frequently asked questions and register to be notified of any updates to the information. This contact method is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can also be utilized worldwide. Click here to enter the "Ask A Question" site or here to review frequently asked questions.You can call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551). This line only accepts calls from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM central time Monday – Friday, though you are able to schedule a call back from a Customer Service Representative. Thanks to VA’s new GI Bill® Comparison Tool, you can now find information online about Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the schools and training programs available to education beneficiaries. The new comparison tool makes it easy to estimate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits with just one click. All Veterans receiving any type of military/VA benefits should apply for an eBenefits account for faster more accurate access to your information. Apply online at www.ebenefits.va.gov. .
Thomas University Veterans Scholarship
- Veterans who served during or after 9/11 may receive up to $500 per semester.
- Active duty members will receive a reduced tuition rate of $250/credit hour.
- Apply online at: https://www.thomasu.edu/Forms/Default/167/1/veteran's-scholarship.html
SALUTE National Honor Society - http://www.salute.colostate.edu/
The SALUTE HONOR SOCIETY (Service – Academics – Leadership – Unity – Tribute – Excellence) is an honor society, made possible by a generous grant from the American Council on Education/Wal-Mart Foundation, dedicated to recognizing military and veteran students who have displayed outstanding performance in the classroom. This extraordinary honor society is now one of the honor societies recognized at Thomas University, and only honor society for veterans. The SALUTE Honor Society defines a veteran as any active duty service member, National Guard, or reserve, who has been honorably discharged, regardless of time served or participation in armed conflict.
To be considered for membership, you must have a minimum of 12 credit hours of college coursework, and have a minimum cumulative 3.0 (based on a 4.0 system). The cumulative GPA includes ALL college coursework from ALL institutions attended. Additionally, SALUTE has four tiers in which a veteran student may qualify. They are:
Alpha 3.75 - 4.00
Bravo 3.50 - 3. 74
Charlie 3.25 - 3.49
Delta 3.00 - 3.24
Additionally, the student veteran must submit a DD-214 Certificate of Release (Member – 4) or Discharge from Active Duty or a copy of military orders.
Unique to other honor societies, SALUTE allows members to move up in “rank” between the tiers. For example, if a veteran student is inducted as a Delta member, when he or she raises their GPA to a higher tier, the SALUTE member is recognized.
The SALUTE induction will be held every April before commencement. SALUTE members will be given a challenge coin, a certificate of membership in SALUTE, and a red/white/blue braided honor cord to be worn with his or her graduation regalia.
For more information, please contact the Thomas University SALUTE advisor David Barnett (229)226-1621 ext. 1117 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
STUDENT VETERANS OF AMERICA - http://www.studentveterans.org/
The mission of the SVA is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. SVA is a 501(c)(3) coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the globe. These member chapters are the "boots on the ground” that help veterans reintegrate into campus life and succeed academically. Each chapter must be an officially recognized student group by their university or college and provide a peer-to-peer network for veterans who are attending the school. Additionally, chapters often coordinate campus activities, provide pre-professional networking, and generally provide a touchstone for student veterans in higher education.
For more information on how you can become a Thomas University chapter member of SVA, please contact email@example.com our current SVA president.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE MILITARY APPRECIATION EVENT
Each year, starting in Spring of 2016 Thomas University will host a "Thank you for your service" Military Appreciation Event. The Spring 2016 Event is help to honor veterans both on campus and in our community. In Spring 2016 the events included a Veteran Jewelry Sale, Luminary Service and gift card drawing to support our on campus fund raising for our veterans programs. The week long event schedule encompassed the launching of the new veteran portal, 2 days of seminars for veteran and military topics, a tree dedication ceremony and a career/resource fair for veterans with entertainment and food for our veteran community.
THOMAS UNIVERSITY CAREER CENTER AND ADMISSIONS collaboration PROJECT
In the Spring of 2016 The Thomas University Career Center and Admissions merged resources to begin our new "Veteran Collaboration Project". This project links incoming veterans directly with Thomas University Interns to support the Thomas University Veteran with paperwork, career counseling, linkage to resources, and provides a one on one support from the moment of acceptance to aid our veteran student population.
Career Resources for Veterans
Whether you’ve been retired for years or have just finished your service, rejoining the workforce can be tough. You should have access to adequate guidance and support. There are actually a lot of places you can turn to for assistance in your transition from service to career if you know where to look. This guide recommends pages only from trusted organizations and will connect you to all kinds of information, advice, tools, and programs that offer real-world help.
Transition and Training Resources
Explore the links in this section to find resources for vets who want to find or regain their place in the workforce. Get help with writing your resume, learn how to impress hiring managers, and browse job listings. There are also free assessments and workshops, as well as great tips on using your military experience as an advantage in the job market.
FedsHireVets.com — This site connects hiring managers with veterans who are looking for federal employment. There are job listings, success stories, tips for applicants, and more.
Veteran Re-Employment Page — This page from CareerOneStop.org is full of information and tools to help you get into school and find employment. You can also find out about benefits and programs for which you may qualify.
VA for Vets — VA for Vets works to help veterans and transitioning military service personnel find employment within the federal and non-profit sectors. The site has lots of helpful tools like career assessments, resume-building help, and tips on how to translate your military skills to marketable job qualifications.
My Next Move — My Next Move is a fantastic place to go if you’re a veteran seeking employment. You can search by industry, keyword, or look for opportunities that most closely match the job you held in the military.
MILITARY TRANSFERABLE SKILLS
Career Resources for Injured Veterans
Wounded veterans face a special set of challenges when it comes to reintegrating into the workforce. It can be frustrating just to navigate the various agencies involved in getting your benefits, and finding a job can seem daunting. These pages can help you navigate your new normal and get yourself back to work with training, advocacy, and job listings.
Voc Rehab — Voc Rehab, or Vocational Rehab, is a program that serves to help combat or service-wounded veterans re-enter the workforce. Services include help with resumes and interviews, training, job placement, and more. Use this page to learn about the program and whether you might qualify for its benefits.
Warriors to Work — This program, part of The Wounded Warrior Project, helps get vets back into the workforce by providing resources for both job-seekers and employers. This is a good place to become more educated about the specific needs of mentally and physically injured veterans.
Understanding Your Rights — If you have become disabled due to a combat injury, make sure to look at this guide to understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as it pertains to employment. It’s important to know what rights you have, what laws are in place to protect them, and where to turn if your rights have been violated.
Hiring Our Heroes — Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative from the US Chamber of Commerce. On their site you’ll find links, articles, and tools to help you find employment after the military. There’s also a list of upcoming job fairs and other events.
Education for Veterans
More and more people are choosing to pursue higher education after finishing their military service. It’s imperative to understand what kinds of benefits are available for you to ease the financial burden of going to school. These links will take you to information about grants, scholarships, and federal programs. You’ll also find out which schools are most veteran-friendly and find transitional support for new and returning students of all ages.
Student Veterans of America — The SVA exists to aid the millions of veterans who return to school in making a smooth transition into college life. With chapters on campuses across America, they provide helpful (and free) services to military and ex-military students.
G.I. Bill Information — This VA-run page explores the ins and outs of the GI Bill. You can find schools, learn about scholarships, and submit an application. Find out about the benefits and limitations of the post-9/11 GI Bill, as well as related programs like the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Military Grants and Scholarships — Explore this page from the Federal Student Aid Office (part of the Department of Education) to find information about financial aid programs available exclusively to current and former military and their families.
Veterans Grants and Scholarships — Check this page for a long list of grants, scholarships, and college aid programs that you may qualify for as a veteran. There are specialized grants, like one just for female vets and another for veterans who are language specialists.
Best Colleges for Veterans — US News publishes an annual report ranking the best schools for service members and veterans. The rankings are determined using several factors (which you can check out on the site).
More Excellent Veteran Career Resources
Keep reading to find more great sites for veterans returning to work. The groups that run them are dedicated to getting our nation’s heroes back to work by providing education, training, and certification programs at little or no cost. Many also offer job placement or networking opportunities to get you back out there as soon as possible.
Elevate America’s Veterans — As part of its commitment to corporate citizenship, Microsoft has created low and no-cost programs to aid veterans. Available resources include help with transition, training programs, and job placement assistance.
Helmets to Hardhats — This great program helps veterans transition back into the working world by providing training and connections to jobs in the trades.
Veteran Recruiting — Register (it’s free) and you can access a wealth of information and resources for active-duty service members, veterans, reservists, and military spouses. Find employment opportunities and even participate in virtual job fairs where you can chat with recruiters around the globe.
Return to Work Toolkit — This page from the Department of Labor contains several helpful links for veterans seeking employment. Find career placement programs, resource directories, and transition advising.
VETERAN JOB WEBSITES
MILITARY CAREER ASSISTANCE
Career help for Veterans is available through:
VA for Vets at www.vaforvets.va.gov.
VA for Vets helps Veterans and transitioning Military Service Members find federal or non-profit careers. The VA for Vets Career Center tools provide opportunities to translate military skills, build federal resumes and search and apply for open positions. VA for Vets is the flagship initiative of the Veteran Employment Services Office (VESO).
Operation: Workforce for Georgia Veterans at www.operationworkforce.com
There are over 100,000 job openings in Georgia. It is time to start connecting our service members with these opportunities for the benefit of our community, our businesses and Georgia. The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development and other state agencies are committed to putting Georgia’s veterans back to work.
Employ Florida Vets for Florida Veterans at www.employflorida.com/portals/veteran/
This web portal is a gateway to information and resource links that will assist veterans, veterans' families and employers in accomplishing their employment goals. The gibill.va.gov's Career Center, a service of the Department of veterans affairs and the department of defense, is an online service for searching private sector and federal job positions.
MILITARY NEWS & RESOURCES
Military Times – http://www.militarytimes.com/
Military Times is an online magazine that is one-stop-shop for military veterans in search of the latest military news from Washington and the Pentagon. This site also contains sections for veterans in seeking information about job openings and career development.
Resources Georgia Department of Veteran’s Service - http://veterans.georgia.gov/
The website for the GDVS is an excellent resource for Georgia veterans. It provides an exhaustive section for state benefits and an equally excellent FAQ section for more common questions. Additionally, there is a section included that provides the latest military news for veterans living in Georgia.
National Resource Directory - https://www.nrd.gov/
The NRD connects Wounded Warriors, service members, veterans, their families and caregivers with those who support them. If you have a question regarding your benefits and compensation, need education and training, employment, or family and caregiver support, please visit this site to access the national directory.
department of human services
The Georgia Department of Human Services appreciates the service of our members of the armed forces and veterans. In an effort to better serve veterans and current members of the armed forces residing in Georgia, DHS has compiled a list of resources pertaining to DHS. Please visit the following link for more information: http://dhs.georgia.gov/veterans-resources