Veteran Resources

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Thousands of military personnel leave the service each year and select Washington state as their home, bringing with them a wealth of experience and a wide range of skills. 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. We offer credit for prior learning, which may be based on transfer credit, test results, portfolios or training certificates. For additional information, please read Getting Veterans Back to Work.

Tuition Waivers

Veterans and dependents of 100% disabled veterans may qualify for tuition waivers. Contact the Veterans Office at 360-538-4084 for additional information.

Overcoming Challenges

Each veteran brings unique experiences and needs to campus, but some patterns that are common to many have been identified. 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.

On-Campus Resources

Veterans Club

The Veterans Club meets weekly during fall, winter and spring quarters at 2 p.m. in the Veterans Lounge in the 800 Building. 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. The GHC Veterans Club is a chapter of the Student Veterans of America.

GI Bill®/VA Funding, Jim Sorensen, Advisor to GHC Veterans Club, School Certifying Official for the VA. 360-538-4273.

Student Support Center

The 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.

The Learning Center

The 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
(360) 537-9103

WA Department of Veterans Affairs, Olympia Service Center

1-800-562-2308 / benefits@dva.wa.gov
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 / jgeelan@esd.wa.gov
Services include Employment Services for Veterans and VA Benefits services.
Phone: (360) 533-9318\

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 1-844-698-2311
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