NSU Becomes VetSuccess Site
Veterans seeking to obtain a college degree at Norfolk State University will find a dedicated place where they can get the answers they need. NSU is among a handful of colleges and universities that have a VetSuccess on Campus site. The VetSuccess on Campus program’s goal is to help veterans succeed in their educational programs and transition to suitable employment in the civilian workforce. The Hampton Roads area is the only region to have the program in Virginia.
What does this mean for student veterans? In addition to the many programs offered through the University’s Office of Veterans Affairs, they have a dedicated liaison, Donecia Lawson, with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that can answer many of their questions and help them navigate the system more efficiently. “I look forward to interacting with each of our student veterans to assist them with building the bridge from a successful military career towards a fulfilling post-military career,” said Lawson, VetSuccess outreach counselor. “This is their opportunity to explore the many resources available via the Department of Veterans Affairs to determine the best vocational goal for them and to begin the foundation for the rest of their lives.”
According to the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank, because of the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, it estimated that more than half a million veterans, their dependents and active-duty military personnel are taking college courses.NSU is located in a heavily populated active-duty and retired military community and has been designated a military friendly school by two publications, G.I.Jobs and Military Advanced Education.
The University also has been named a Best for Vets College by Military Times. “The VetSuccess on Campus program,” said NSU Director of Veterans Affairs Cynthia Lewis, “is another effort by Norfolk State University to help serve our nation’s veterans.”