Military & Veteran Services Newsletter

April 21, 2020

Dear students,

Please see below for the latest Military and Veteran Services updates, including this week’s Virtual Veterans Center, transition to a GI Bill paperless environment, and updates from Student Veterans of America.

Virtual Veterans Center Happy Hour

Join us for this week’s Virtual Veterans Center Happy Hour on April 21st (today) and 23rd (Thursday) from 3-5 pm. Drop in to connect and socialize with one another, ask questions to our staff, or leave Zoom running in the background while you’re accomplishing other work. Login information is provided in the attached document.

GI Bill Program Working Towards Paperless Environment

Due to the COVID-19 national emergency, the GI Bill program is working to increase capabilities for a paperless environment as much as possible. All incoming mail must be submitted to VA electronically either through https://www.va.gov or through “Ask a Question”. Although VA may be able to continue to send some letters through the mail, there are several letters that can only be delivered to you electronically, therefore, it is critical that VA have an updated email address for all GI Bill students.

The VA is asking GI Bill students to ensure they have a current email address on file for you. This will help ensure that the VA can contact you with important updates to your education benefits. You can update your email address by submitting a request through the “Ask a Question” link . You can also contact the Education Call Center at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or 001-918-781-5678 from Overseas, Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 6:00 pm CST to help update your contact information.

View the full email for additional information.

Student Veterans of America Updates

  • COVID-19 GI Bill Updates: Visit the Student Veterans of America (SVA) COVID-19 FAQs page for the latest updates on how SVA is working with legislators to protect the GI Bill during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as additional information applicable to students using GI Bill benefits.
  • Learn About Economic Opportunity Resources from SVA’s Partners: In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SVA and its partners are announcing the launch of an economic opportunity web page with employment opportunities, and professional development and networking resources. They’ve heard from student veterans and military-connected students across the country about how incredibly challenging this time has been. Whether you’re facing a reduction in work hours, the loss or potential loss of a job, or are uncertain about starting your career or internship, SVA hopes you will find these resources helpful. Visit Resources.StudentVeterans.org.
  • Join SVA on Thursday: Register now for a webinar with senior experts from SVA’s National Headquarters, Hiring Our Heroes, LinkedIn, Veterans Benefits Administration, and Indeed on April 23 at 4 p.m. ET to learn more about the resources available from each of these SVA Partners and ask questions.

Military and Veteran Services
Washington University in St. Louis | Office of the Provost
Umrath Hall, Room 121 | One Brookings Drive | Campus Box 1175 | St. Louis, MO 63130
https://veterans.wustl.edu | To schedule a meeting/phone call: https://meetme.so/milvet