Grays Harbor College Veterans
Grays Harbor College is honored to have veterans as part of our community.
Washington's two-year colleges are a perfect fit for returning veterans who are transitioning to civilian life and private-sector jobs. Here, at GHC, we offer small class sizes, flexible hours, veterans services, and real-world education and training so veterans can hit the ground running. See: "Getting Veterans Back to Work" (Adobe .pdf format).
Veterans should be aware of a marketing scam targeting callers trying to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Call Center or GI Bill Call Center. A marketing company has established two fraudulent numbers that differ from the two official VA call center numbers by one digit. If the fraudulent number is dialed by mistake, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain personal and financial information, including credit card information, from the caller. The answering party may even transfer the caller to the VA after the caller’s information is obtained. Note that VA will never ask you for a credit card number or banking information over the phone. Before giving personal sensitive information over the phone, make sure you know who you are taking to.
The numbers to be avoided are:
800-872-1000 (the VA National Call Center number is 800-827-1000)
888-442-4511 (the VA GI Bill Call Center number is 888-442-4551)
VA has notified law enforcement authorities to address this situation.
The resources below are assembled to help veterans in their transition to civilian and college life.
Local Off-Campus Resources
Important Phone Numbers
Each veteran brings unique experiences and needs to campus, but some patterns that are common to many have been identified. Following are some of the challenges that active military or veteran students may face:
Needing to readjust to civilian life while also adjusting to college
Adjusting to a routine that is less structured than military life
Feeling disconnected from your military unit and/or socially isolated
Having experiences to which non-military students cannot relate
A heightened awareness of your surroundings (needed for survival in a war zone) making it hard to concentrate in the classroom
Coping with grief and trauma and/or physical injuries
Uncertainty about the possibility of reactivation and deployment
Concern about the ability to succeed academically
PTSD symptoms http://maketheconnection.net/conditions/ptsd
These are normal challenges for veteran and active-military students. There are steps you can take to help yourself as well as a variety of resources to help you.
The resources below may be helpful in connecting with other veterans, campus resources and outside resources that can help you to navigate them.
GHC Vetcorps Navigator, Tom Mills, 360-538-4174
GHC Veterans Organization: meets weekly during fall, winter and spring quarters at 2 p.m. in the HUB. This student run organization is here to provide support and camaraderie for veteran students. It also conducts fundraising activities in order to provide assistance to veteran students and families.
GI Bill/VA Funding, Cindy Jasper, Advisor to GHC Veterans Organization, 360-538-4084
GHC Student Support Center: offers advising and counseling to students with academic, career or personal concerns. Counselors are available by appointment and at drop-in hours Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
GHC Learning Center is here to support your academic success. Its services include drop-in tutoring, a professional writing tutor, individual tutoring sessions, computerized learning resources and a quarterly Student Success Conference.
Local Off-Campus Resources
Dutro Counseling, Aberdeen, WA
VA contracted service to provide Reintegration Counseling
PTSD/War Trauma Counseling to veterans
Services are free for veterans
WA Department of Veterans Affairs, Olympia Service Center
1-800-562-2308 / email@example.com
Assists veterans with claims processing and referrals. Provides services to veterans including a Basic Health plan, Veterans Conservation Corps, Homeless Veterans Services, and Estate management services.
WorkSource Grays Harbor
John Geelan @ Worksource:
511 W. Heron St.
Aberdeen, WA 98520
360-538-2369 / 1-800-783-0657 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Services include Employment Services for Veterans and VA Benefits services.
Phone: (360) 533-9318
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Veterans Services: http://www.va.gov/landing2_vetsrv.htm
VA Returning Service Members: http://www.oefoif.va.gov/
Mental Health Services: http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/index.asp
Telephone Numbers Specific to Military Veterans
Suicide/Crisis Line for Veterans - 1.800.273.8255
Health Eligibility Center / CHAMPVA - 1.800.733.8387
Income Verification and Means Testing - 1.800.929.8387
Military One Source: Services for active military members - 1.800.342.9647
National Center for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder - 1.802.296.6300
Military Retired and Annuity Pay Contact Center - 1.800.321.1080
Veterans Group Life Insurance - 1.800.419.1473
Gulf War/Agent Orange/Radiation Exposure Helpline - 1.800.749.8387
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