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Veterans Programs & Services
For pictures and video of our 2014 Veterans Day Ceremony, follow this link: http://www.uc.edu/aess/vps/veterans-day-ceremonies.html
TA, ONGSP, Chapter #30, #31, #33 (not a transfer of benefits), #1606, or #1607 Recipients, You now have priority registration at UC!
Women’s History Month
A wise person once said that “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” As we equate the month of March with unpredictable weather, the beginning of spring, baseball, and spring break, we should always remember that March is Women’s History Month.
For those who may not know, Women’s History Month started out humbly as Women’s History Week in 1978. In 1980, President Carter issued a presidential proclamation that designated the week of March 8 as National Women’s History Week. As the popularity of Women’s History Week grew, in 1987 it was declared Women’s History Month.
As we celebrate Women’s History month, we should never forget the contributions that our sisters have had in the defense of our nation. From the onset of the Revolutionary War, to the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, women have served together with men in some capacity. Despite all of the accomplishments that female service members have made, there are still some challenges that remain.
According to the Veterans Administration, in 1950, there were only 2% of females that served in uniform. Currently, females make up 14% of active duty and 18% of National Guard and Reserve soldiers. This same study notes that female soldiers are exposed to more direct-fire events with armed enemy combatants; and because of this fact, female soldiers are sustaining more complex and severe injuries, just like their male counterparts. (1)
I would encourage all student veterans of the University of Cincinnati to take some time out of your busy schedule and read about the exploits of female veterans. Learn about Revolutionary War veterans Deborah Samson and “Mad Anne” Bailey. Read about the trials and tribulations of Buffalo Soldier Cathay Williams. Or share with your family the story of Air Force pilot, and the first female commander of a Space Shuttle, Col. Eileen Collins. These brave women all served the United States during times of armed conflict.
Before I close this letter, I would encourage you to visit the exhibit profiling female veterans who are also current UC students. This exhibit can be seen in Tangeman University Center, on the 3rd floor. There will also be displays at UC Blue Ash, UC Clermont, and the UC Medical Campus throughout the month of March.
Also, save the date for Tuesday, March 24th at 6pm. We will be hosting our “Sisters-in-Arms” event at Tangeman University Center, room 300 (atrium). This discussion will focus on the stories and struggles of local female veterans, followed by a question and answer session with the audience. We will also have in attendance local representatives that specialize in addressing the needs of female veterans.
Thank you veterans and Go Bearcats!
1. Department of Veterans Affairs Women Veterans Task Force. Strategies for Serving Our Women Veterans. 2012.
Veterans Programs & Services is committed to providing our veterans the support and assistance you need to successfully complete your education here at UC.
To get started, you need to file through the Department of Veterans Affairs for your education benefits. You must accomplish this very important process before taking advantage of your benefits at UC. We need your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) or Award Letter verifying your eligibility for VA education benefits. If you are a reservist or National Guard, you must also file through your unit to obtain your Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE). We cannot begin certifying you with the VA until we have received your COE and/or NOBE. If you need help in the filing process for your COE, please contact our office. For help with the NOBE, contact your unit.
Any questions that pertain to these instructions or questions regarding VA benefits, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 513-556-6811 or email@example.com.
New GI BILLTool!
You can now find information online about Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the schools and training programs available to education beneficiaries.
2014-15 VPS Form (Backpay and 15US)
Disability Services Accomodations
We are working to better tie in disability services and accomodations for qualifying students.
If you are a veteran or a student with a disability, please take a moment to visit http://www.uc.edu/aess/disability/student_resources.html
There are many great resources and accomodations if you qualify, including extended test times and quiet room options for testing.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513-556-6823 for more information.
If you have suggestions for miliatry and veteran student specific offerings, email Anthony.email@example.com with a subject "DSO tie in".
Veteran Coaching Pilot
Our office is interested in developing a veteran coaching program, staffed by veteran and military students to help coach and transition new and transfer veteran students acclimate to campus life and learn about GI bill benefits. Currently, we are exploring options to pay under the VA work study guidelines. If you have suggestions or want to be a part of this initiative, please email Anthony.firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line "Veteran Coaching".
Tuesday, March 3rd at 6pm
University Pavilion room 220A