Military & Veteran Services Newsletter

December 4, 2017

Student Veteran Spotlight

Congratulations to Ed Tjaden, 3rd year Law student and Army veteran, who is one of 10 students selected nationally for the 2018 VFW-SVA Legislative Fellowship, a unique opportunity for student veterans to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill and with other organizations in the veterans’ advocacy space. Ed will travel to the VFW National Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. from March 4-9, 2018 and return to his home district to execute his advocacy plan on a policy issue important to the veteran community.

Have you accomplished something notable that you’d like to share with your peers? Do you have a student veteran you’d like to highlight? to share the good news!


Forever GI Bill Update

The VA Office of Economic Opportunity provides an update on the Forever GI Bill, underscoring the wide range of expanded educational benefit eligibility for Veterans and dependents that go into effect on August 1, 2018. A summary of those changes are provided below and at the following websites:

  • Expansion of qualifying time for Post-9/11 GI Bill to certain Reserve and Guardmembers – The law expands the definition of “active duty” to include Reservists and Guardmembers ordered to active duty to receive authorized medical care, or to be medically evaluated for disability, or complete a Department of Defense (DoD) health care study. The expansion applies to service on or after September 11, 2001. An individual may use this entitlement to pursue a course of education beginning on or after August 1, 2018. 
  • Purple Heart recipient Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility – Servicemembers and honorably discharged Veterans who were awarded a Purple Heart on or after September 11, 2001, will be entitled to Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for up to 36 months.  This facet of the law closes a sort of “loophole” where Servicemembers who may not have otherwise had enough time in for full Post-9/11 eligibility are now fully entitled.  An individual may use this entitlement to pursue a course of education beginning on or after August 1, 2018.  
  • Yellow Ribbon extension to Fry Scholarship and Purple Heart recipients – Recipients of the Fry Scholarship and Purple Heart will be eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program. This program provides assistance with tuition and fee charges not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, such as charges over the annual cap for a private school or out-of-state charges. Institutions enter into an agreement with VA to pay uncovered charges (schools decide the amount), and VA matches the amount the school waives.  An individual may use this entitlement to pursue a course of education beginning on or after August 1, 2018. 
  • Expansion of qualifying Reserve service – Those called to active duty under 12304, 12304(a), and 12304(b) orders on or after June 30, 2008 may have this service credited towards their Post-9/11 GI Bill eligibility. An individual may use this entitlement to pursue a course of education beginning on or after August 1, 2018.

Upcoming Events

LinkedIn/SVA Webinar

WUVets invites you to the fourth and final webinar in the LinkedIn training series this Wednesday, December 6th in the Liberman Graduate Center (DUC Suite 300) from 7:30-8 pm. Webinar 4, Knowledge Management to Get and Stay Ahead, will help you understand the process of seeking and leveraging information that will help you develop and maintain skills, succeed in interviews, and stay at the top of your field using LinkedIn tools.

Slides from previous webinars are available here.

Special Event with Former NASA Astronaut Chris Ferguson

You are cordially invited to meet Boeing’s Director of Starliner Crew and Mission Systems Chris Ferguson, retired U.S. Navy Captain and NASA Astronaut, on Friday, December 8th from 2-4 pm at Knight Hall/Bauer Hall in the Bellweather Classroom, Room 230. His presentation is from 2:00-3:00 pm, followed by a reception from 3-4 pm.

Chris Ferguson was the pilot of Space Shuttle Atlantis on his first mission to space and the commander of the Space Shuttle Endeavour. In 2011, he commanded the final mission of the space shuttle program. He now works for Boeing helping to lead the company’s development of the CST-100 Starliner space taxi, one of two U.S.-built commercial spacecraft selected by NASA to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. His NASA bio can be found here.

Please RSVP by clicking HERE or contact Kellyn Danehey at 314-935-2845.

Complimentary parking passes and additional information will be sent in an email confirmation to those who RSVP prior to Thursday, December 7. University Map can be found HERE.

This event is sponsored by the Olin Veterans Association and is open to the general public.

Kemper Kick-Back Study Break Event

The Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum would like to invite student veterans to attend the Museum’s Kemper Kick-Back study break event on December 13th from 5-8 pm. This open-house event will feature free snacks, holiday crafts, our signature MLKAMoji scavenger hunt, and more. Feel free to contact Rochelle Caruthers at if you have any questions.

Veterans Employment Trajectory (VET) Initiative Webinar

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) invites you to learn more about the summer 2018 Veterans Employment Trajectory (VET) Initiative at their upcoming webinar on Thursday, December 14th at 2:00 PM CST.

The VET Initiative Manager, Mike Duerr (CPT US Army, Ret.), will provide a detailed overview of the VET Initiative highlighting the program’s unique military-to-civilian transition components taking place in the nation’s capital during the summer 2018. Attendees will learn more about:

  •           Application and selection process
  •           Professional advancement components
  •           Academic credit opportunities
  •           Unique internship opportunities for all majors and career interests
  •           Mentor network and additional support mechanisms

They invite undergraduate and graduate student veterans of all majors and career interests to attend the webinar and learn more about this fully-funded professional immersion and academic opportunity. Student veteran support staff are also encouraged to attend the webinar to learn more about how the VET Initiative can become a premier resource and opportunity for student veterans beginning their military to civilian career transition.

The VET Initiative is not just for those wishing to start a career in Washington, D.C. or designed for any specific academic major. Participants are provided with an individual internship experience with one-on-one career coaching and mentoring to meet any student veteran’s academic and career aspirations.

Register here.

Student Veterans of America (SVA) National Conference

Student Veterans of America’s 10th Annual National Conference will take place January 4 – 6, 2018 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa in San Antonio, Texas. This is the nation’s largest gathering of post-9/11 veterans designed to empower tomorrow’s leaders. Next year, we decide how we’re going to shape the future of America and celebrate a decade of SVA’s impact in higher education! Next year we’re Defining Our Future. On December 11, 2017, prices increase for student veterans at 11:59 PM (EST) from $175 to $225. Register with your LinkedIn profile and receive $25 off. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

VFW Transition and Employment Services Webinars

VFW is hosting a series of webinars throughout the year to support veterans in their transition and finding employment.

Jan. 9 2 p.m. CST — Driving the Interview
Feb. 6 2 p.m. CST — Secrets of Working with Recruiters & Hiring Managers
Mar. 6 2 p.m. CST — Building a Powerful Online Presence
Apr. 3 2 p.m. CST — How to Find and Work With a Mentor

Register for upcoming webinars here.