The Cameron University Office of Veterans Affairs will host a claims processor from the Muskogee VA Regional Processing Office and other representatives from veterans-assistance programs to assist veterans as well as active service members and their dependents on Monday, February 3. All will be available from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 332 of North Shepler Tower. For more information, call CU Office of Veterans Affairs at 580-581-2301.
Chelsea Jackson, Senior Veterans Claims Examiner for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, will be joined by Rachel Barber, Legal Administrative Specialist/Public Contact Outreach Specialist, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Veterans Service Center at Fort Sill, and Julia Miller, Troops to Teachers Program Coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Education. Alfred Finch, Cameron’s Vet Success on Campus counselor, will be available.
“We know that veterans have many questions about their VA claims that are best answered by a representative from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,” says Vicki Henson, CU Veterans Affairs Coordinator. “Chelsea Jackson will be at Cameron to provide personal service for those who have questions about VA educational benefits and can also process claims and work on problem resolution. She will be able to check on individual VA educational claims benefit status and can answer specific questions about educational benefit eligibility, check amounts and more.”
In addition to addressing concerns about educational eligibility and benefits, Jackson will provide clarification on the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017, aka the “Forever GI Bill®”. The Forever GI Bill® expands and enhances education benefits for veterans. In addition, he will be able to explain changes to the GI Bill® Monthly Housing Allowance. Housing will be paid based on the zip code where the student attends the majority of classes.
Barber will be available to provide information, answer questions and discuss all other types of VA benefits.
Miller will provide information about the Troops to Teacher program, which assists transitioning service members, veterans and their spouses as they begin new careers in public, charter and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. The goal is to identify these service members and help facilitate the process of obtaining their teaching certificate. Troops to Teachers provides counseling, financial assistance, alternative certification application assistance and job search assistance.
Finch will be available to visit with students regarding an array of services available to those planning to use their VA educational benefits at CU. He is available to answer questions about understanding and applying for VA educational benefits as well as other VA benefits including disability compensation, life insurance, home loan guaranty and vocational rehabilitation.