East Central University Veteran Student Support Services

East Central University Veteran Student Support Services Veterans Student Support Services provides individualized, supportive services designed to meet the needs of student veterans at East Central University.

Upon intake into the Veterans Student Support Services, staff will develop an individualized education plan (IEP) that will guide services designed to meet the veteran’s specific needs. Because we understand that “real life happens,” IEPs will be reviewed and updated as the needs of each participant change. VSSS staff will monitor academic needs and offer free tutoring for classes in which our participants are having difficulty. Our tutoring lab is open from 8:00am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, while school is in session. For additional support, we can often reach out to other veterans who are currently taking or have recently taken the same class and/or professor. We offer advice and assistance with course selection and enrollment and with dropping classes, taking into consideration how withdrawal will affect Federal Student Aid (FSA) and VA education benefits. While dropping a class might be best for your GPA, a withdrawal could prevent you from getting future Pell Grants, loans, VA education, or other benefits. Dropping a class could also result in owing a debt to FSA or the VA. In the event that a veteran does end up owing a debt to the VA, we can often assist in having the debt waived. We will inform participants as to how Federal Student Aid and other benefits are awarded and disbursed and how each aid can be affected by other benefits. We assist with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the verification process, and the appeal process. We also assist with selection of and applying for the most advantageous VA education benefit, Department of Defense benefit, state tuition waiver, or rehabilitation benefit. We are here to help participants understand their loans, if applicable, and the cost of college. In developing and updating your IEP, we take into consideration any personal or transitional problems you are facing and do our very best to find solutions to those problems. Our community partners can often assist with establishing a service-connected disability, finding emergency housing or counseling services, providing additional funding, and various other services.

Mission: The mission of ECU Veterans Student Support Services is to empower our nation's heroes by providing them with comprehensive and individualized plans addressing the transitional,academic, career, and referral services to earn a bachelor's degree at East Central University.

05/14/2019
Attention Veterans
05/14/2019

Attention Veterans

05/08/2018

As the Spring 2018 semester comes to a close, Veterans Student Support Services would like to encourage those who can to donate your used college textbooks to our program. Donations will be used to enhance our resource library. The books will be made available for students to check out as needed.

Each semester, we have at least a few students who can't purchase books until their education benefits kick in. We often see students do without books until mid-term or later, and this frequently results in those students becoming unable to catch up on their school work.

Even if a donated book is not the most recent edition, it can have a significant impact on keeping our veterans in school. Donations can be dropped off to Veterans Student Support Services, Room 251, Administration Building, East Central University. If for any reason you are not able to come to our office, call Jill Williamson at 580-559-5740. We will be happy to make arrangements to meet with you at a time and location that is convenient for you!

In advance, thank you for your consideration, and have a great summer!

UCO VetHERO
05/08/2018

UCO VetHERO

Are you the child or spouse of a 100% permanent and totally disabled veteran? Do you have eligibility for Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) Chapter 35 through the VA? Are you considering taking classes for the 1st time in the summer or fall? This may help you make your decision!

Please share with anyone you think it may help! This applies to all new Ch. 35 students, not just those planning to attend UCO.

Beyond Brotherhood
04/19/2018

Beyond Brotherhood

paypal.me/BeyondBrotherhood

Preorder these soft tees!

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC)
04/03/2018

Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC)

Here is an opportunity for a paid summer internship with the Wildlife Department!

The Post-9/11 GI Bill, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
01/29/2018

The Post-9/11 GI Bill, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Are VA Education Benefits Taxable?
No. Any Veterans’ benefits including GI Bill paid under any law administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are not taxable. Veterans’ benefits are not considered income and will not be reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). You will not receive a W-2 from the VA.

11/09/2017

ECU Veterans, please join us tomorrow, Friday, November 10, in Honors Plaza (in front of SScience Hall) for a Veterans Day flag raising and presentation by Dr. Richard Putnam, a Vietnam veteran and former ECU professor. After the presentation all student veterans and faculty, staff, and adminstration veterans are invited to attend a reception in the Veteran and Military Resource Center (Room 256 Administration). The reception is a come and go event lasting from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m).

09/01/2017
07/26/2017
Oklahoma Veterans Council

Oklahoma Veterans Council

OKLAHOMA WOMEN VETERANS ORGANIZATION
2017 Scholarship
Application Submission Dates: Jul 15 thru Aug 31

Donald A. Bloustine Memorial Scholarship - $500.
Colonel Charles W Kelly, Sr. Memorial Scholarship - $500.
OKWVO Memorial Scholarship - $500.

A. ELIGIBILITY & REQUIREMENTS:
1. Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen
2. Applicant must be a woman veteran, active duty, Reserve or Guard.
3. Applicant must have a High School diploma or General Educational Development (GED) Certificate.
4. Applicant must show proof of acceptance to a specific program (degree, certificate, etc.) at an accredited institution, technology center, or training institution.
5. Enrollment must be for at least full time for each enrollment session.
6. Prerequisite course work, training experiences and regular course work must be towards a specific degree or program.
7. Dropped course work below the institution full time requirement or complete withdrawal from session will constitute reimbursement of scholarship funds, unless mitigating reasons are given in writing to the Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization that show applicant’s actions were due to circumstances beyond their control.
8. Must have a GPA 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale.
9. Other tuition/fees, assistance funds or other scholarships will not disqualify the recipient from use of these scholarship funds.

Any questions contact Sonja Hatfield at 405-219-0531 or Pam Bloustine at 405-226-5688

House passes large GI Bill expansion 9 days after it was introduced
07/25/2017
House passes large GI Bill expansion 9 days after it was introduced

House passes large GI Bill expansion 9 days after it was introduced

House lawmakers on Monday unanimously passed a host of changes to veterans’ education benefits that aim to boost aid, expand who’s eligible for benefits and eliminate the expiration date for veterans to use them.

East Central University Veterans, if you need a car, please let the Veterans Student Support Services office know, and w...
07/12/2017
Warriors For Freedom Foundation

East Central University Veterans, if you need a car, please let the Veterans Student Support Services office know, and we will submit a nomination for you!

We are so excited to announce that we are partnering with Award Motors to GIVEAWAY a car to an honorably discharged, U.S. veteran! You may nominate a deserving veteran at the link below. We will announce the winner on Saturday, August 19th at Award Motor's Concert at the lot! http://bit.ly/awardveteran

06/28/2017
Budweiser

Thank you, Budweiser, for teaming up with Folds of Honor and supporting our veterans and their families!

We partnered with Folds of Honor and Adam Driver to celebrate the freedom to dream and deliver a life-changing surprise to the family of a veteran. #ThisBudsForYou

Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs
06/06/2017

Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs

Governor Mary Fallin today announced a survey of health care needs among Oklahoma veterans. The “Take 10 Survey,” which will be conducted by the Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program, is an effort to identify the most pressing health care needs among veterans, as well as obtaining additional general information that will assist in creating a new system of health care for Oklahoma veterans.

The Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program asks all veterans, military retirees, active Guard and reservists, and active-duty military to go to the pilot program website and take 10 minutes to fill out the “Take 10 Survey.” The website is www.okvetshealth.com.

05/17/2017

VSSS Offices will be closed tomorrow from 8:00am to 3:00pm, so staff can assist with this spectacular event. Please join us!

Thursday, May 18th, 2017
Veterans & Military Appreciation Day

Chickasaw Business & Conference Center
830 East Main Street, Ada, OK 74820

Hosted By ECU Veterans Upward Bound Program

You are invited, and your family and friends are invited!! It is free and open to the public. Military attire welcome.

Vendor Tables Available at 9:00am:
49 programs, organizations, businesses, and/or employers will have tables of information.

PROGRAM BEGINS at 10:00AM

Program Highlights include:
Bart Culver, Education Liaison for the State of Oklahoma, will provide an update on VA education benefits. Student veterans will share success stories.
Bret D. Isenhower Scholarship will be awarded.
Major Ed Pulido, Folds of Honor and Warriors for Freedom, will be the guest speaker.

Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis immediately following the program. Door prize drawings will occur during lunch.

Service providers will conduct “Speed Sharing” from 1 to 3 pm.

This event is made possible by generous donations.

Veterans Upward Bound is making it easy for you to access organizations and programs that are not always easily accessible in this area!

04/28/2017

Attention VA Choice Program Users:

Thanks to Wade Castoe and his very generous donation to VSSS. So stop by the resource lab for a snack or drink while you...
04/24/2017

Thanks to Wade Castoe and his very generous donation to VSSS. So stop by the resource lab for a snack or drink while you study.

Student Veterans of America
04/20/2017

Student Veterans of America

We’re focused on thinking long-term and not concerned with the echo chamber of the DC bubble. That’s why #ForeverGIBill is a proactive measure to ensure the GI Bill is protected for all future generations. We understand the value in this proposal long-term because no one understands the GI Bill and student veterans better than SVA. Read more here:
http://us11.campaign-archive1.com/?u=00012c707b4eea916ba13da83&id=e23fe8a19e

04/20/2017

Warren Griffis, Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) Director of Veterans Employment Services Program, is here to assist you! Mr. Griffis will be in our Veterans and Military Resource Center in East Central University's Administratin Building, Room 256, until 3:00pm today. He can assist you, one-on-one, with resumes and cover letters and translating your military experience to civilian terms. He can provide you with information about "veteran preference" and what Oklahoma employers are looking for in job applicants.

04/13/2017

Come up to Veterans Student Support Services and sign in to get an Easter Egg tomorrow. If you find the golden egg you win $50.00 cash. There are only 24 eggs so first come first served. Have an Happy Easter!!!!

02/14/2017

Congrats to Zach. He won the $50.00 gift card. There are still some valentines left.

02/14/2017

Happy Valentines Day to all Veterans. Please come up and see us.Pick up a valentine and enter your name for a $50.00 Wal-Mart gift card.

02/09/2017

Veteran Rachael Reese is selling Girl Scout cookies for her daughter's Troop 459. Buy for yourself or there is an option to donate Boxes for Troops. Her phone number is 405-712-2505.

02/09/2017

Please join us in Veteran Student Support Services on Tuesday for a valentine from Cub Scout Pack 477. Enter to win a $25.00 gift certificate from Wal-mart. Hope to see you there.

11/21/2016

Veterans please join us in Veteran Student Support Services on Tuesday for a Thanksgiving dinner from 11:00-2:00. There will be a chance to win a $50.00 gift certificate from Walmart. Hope to see you there.

10/31/2016

Happy Halloween!!!!!

08/15/2016

I hope everyone had a great day in class today. If you need any help or have questions please come and see us in the office.

07/14/2016

The Unit will be meeting on Tuesday the 19th at 5:00 in the Veterans Resource Center. Located in the Administration building Room 256.

06/13/2016

Don't forget about the cookout at the Elks Lodge tomorrow night at 5:00.

06/07/2016

Hey everyone! Just a friendly reminder that our next meeting/get together will be a cookout at the Elks Lodge on Tuesday, June 14th at 5pm! Please let me know if you might come so I can try to have he right amount of food available. We are working on how we are going to provide food (hamburgers/hotdogs, chips, drinks, ect) so if you would like to bring anything or know a church/company who might be able to help please let me know! smile emoticon:) The Elks Lodge has graciously given us the outdoor space for free and it'll be a good time just hanging out and relaxing together. Feel free to invite any other vets/service members! Looking forward to seeing you all!

Took from The Unit and reposted.

05/31/2016

Don't forget Classes starting tomorrow. Please stop by the office if you have questions or just need help.

I promise this is the last (maybe..I might be lying ha!) post. Military family who lost their home... Needs are as follo...
05/24/2016
Click here to support Help replace stuff lost in fire!!!! by Christopher Soto

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Lastly, a gofundme account has been set up to try and raise money for the 5 children so they can go and replace their lost items.

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05/18/2016

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East Central University Veteran Student Support Services
05/18/2016

East Central University Veteran Student Support Services

East Central University Veteran Student Support Services
05/18/2016

East Central University Veteran Student Support Services

Address

1100E. 14th Street, PMB V-5
Ada, OK
74820

Veteran Student Support Services is located in the Administration building, second floor, Room 251.

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(580) 559-5740

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