Creating a Military
• Initiatives and Events at Texas A&M University
• Tracking our Vets
• Recent State and Federal Educational Benefit
• Combat Exemption
• DOD MOU
• State Audit
• Banner TCC Schools
• What does the military term “G.I.” stand for ?
o Government Issue
• However, these are all common interpretations or
o General Issue
o General Infantry or Ground Infantry
o General Inductee
o Government Inductee
• More opinions:
o Everything a WWII soldier wore, carried, ate, or used was "Government Issued",
so they started referring to them selves by the same title.
Texas A&M University is a member of the
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
(SOC) Consortium affirming our
commitment to recognize and work with
current or former military students and their
families who want to obtain a college
Veteran Services at
Texas A&M University
• VA and Texas education benefits processing
• Program advising for other campus departments
• Scholarships & Financial Aid assistance
• Referrals to other campus and community resources
• Student Affairs / Student Assistance Center
• Student Counseling Services
• Disability Services
• Academic Advising
• ROTC Office
• Office of the Commandant
• Texas Workforce Commission – Texas Veterans Commission
• Veterans Affairs in College Station
• Other veteran community resources
• Dedicated Veteran Services Office-one central
location to obtain information.
• Dedicated veterans academic advisor
• Dedicated veterans admissions advisor-targeted
communication prior to their arrival on campus.
• Streamlined withdrawal and reenrollment
processes for deployed students while in school
• Deferred tuition and fees pending VA funds
• Veteran New Student Orientation
• Veteran faculty/staff mentors
• Serving Those Who have Served training every semester
• VA work study opportunities
• Recognized Veteran Student Organization
• Program Coordinator is Advisor
• Student services tailored to veterans
• Yellow Ribbon Program participant
• Veteran Programs and Workshops
• Enhance Website-easy to find information
and link on schools website
• Establish an Advisory committee that
includes representation across campus.
• Email blasts of pertinent information
• Collaboration with Career Center
• Survey students to find out their needs
• Veteran Only Course with Learning
• Military Credit Form
• Pat Tillman Partner
• AggiE-Vets-NSF Grant
• Troops To College Initiatives
• Veteran’s Day celebration
• Serving Those That Have Served training
every fall and spring
• New Student Conferences-presentations
and resource tables
Tracking our Vets
• Apply Texas-Optional question
o Military affiliation
• Current Question 9- U.S. Military-Veteran Status
If you have any military affiliations, please indicate
by selecting all that apply:
o current/former member of the US Armed Forces
o current/former member of the National Guard
o current/former member of the Reserves
o dependent of a veteran
o dependent of a deceased veteran
o dependent of a veteran with a combat-related injury
Tracking our Vets
• RSC_CS_VETERANS_CERT -This report pulls all students that have a
Vet code on SGASTDN. This report is used for identifying missing
docs, data pulls, sending mass emails, Veteran counts by
comparison of program, etc.
• RSC_CS_VET_TF_MATCH - This report is used to calculate a student
tuition and fee amount and pull exceptions.
This report pulls:
Any student who is a Chap 33 or Chap 30 Active Duty whose
tuition and fees on ROAUSDF does not match their tuition
and fees from billing side. If the ROAUSDF side is blank and
the student has tuition and fees they will appear on the
Any student who is a flagged on SGASTDN with a Vet Code
whose hours reported on SGASTDN Veteran tab does not
match the actual enrollment hours.
Surveying our students
• Will send a survey to all students using Veteran
o Measure satisfaction with Veteran Services Office
o Check usage of campus services
o Ask what we should do for Veterans
o Ask what we do best
What song was the Navy band playing at Pearl
Harbor when the Japanese attacked?
The Star-Spangled Banner.
Recent Hazlewood Change
• Eligible children who receive the Hazlewood exemption for the first time
beginning fall, 2011 must be 25 years of age or younger on the first day of
the semester or term for which the exemption is claimed (unless granted
an extension due to a qualifying illness or debilitating condition). This
requirement does not apply to children who received the exemption
prior to the 2011-2012 academic year.
• Effective with tuition and fee charges fall, 2011, a veteran's spouse or a
child's guardian, conservator, custodian, or other legally designated
caretaker may re-assign unused hours to an eligible child (through
Legacy) on behalf of the veteran if the veteran died prior to requesting
the transfer of hours.
• Effective with tuition and fee charges for fall, 2011, all applicants
(veterans, spouses and children) must complete and submit the
appropriate application and documentation to the Veteran Services
Office no later than one year after the earlier of the date the school:
provides written notice to the applicant of his/her eligibility, or
receives written notice from the applicant that acknowledges the
applicant's awareness of his/her eligibility for the exemption.
Recent Hazlewood Change
• The Coordinating Board, after consulting with
representatives from the Texas Veterans Commission and
Legislature, has concluded the following:
o Veteran – if current military orders (of the veteran or his/her spouse) are the
only reason an otherwise-eligible veteran is not residing in Texas, he or she is
eligible to use Hazlewood.
o Legacy – a parent who is a veteran and who qualifies for Hazlewood is
considered to be “residing in Texas” if he or she is out of state only because of
current military orders (his/her own, or that of a spouse) and if his/her (or the
spouse’s) orders and most recent three months’ Leave and Earnings
Statements (LES) show Texas to be the person’s home. If the orders and LES do
not both indicate Texas as the person’s home, other documentation must be
provided to support the person’s claim to domicile in Texas.
GI Bill Changes
• Includes Active Service performed by National Guard members under
title 32 U.S.C. for the purpose of organizing, administering, recruiting,
instructing, or training the National Guard; or under section 502(f) for the
purpose of responding to a national emergency.
• Prorates housing allowance by the student’s rate of pursuit (rounded to
the nearest tenth). A student training at a rate of pursuit of 75% would
receive 80% of the BAH rate.
• Break or interval pay is no longer payable under any VA education
benefit program unless under an Executive Order of the President or due
to an emergency, such as a natural disaster or strike.
• Housing allowance is now payable to students (other than those on
active duty) enrolled solely in distance learning. The housing allowance
payable is equal to ½ the national average BAH for an E-5 with
• Allows students on active duty to receive a books and supplies stipend.
Combat Exemption no
The Combat Exemption for Children of Military Service
Members, a Texas military benefit, is to provide an
education benefit to a child, or stepchild, of a
member of the Armed Forces who is deployed to
active duty in a combat zone outside the United
States. The Texas legislature has determined that
funding to award Combat Exemptions to eligible
students for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 academic
years is not available. Texas A&M University will
continue to grant the exemption while it is unfunded
through the state. Please contact the Veteran
Services Office to utilize this benefit.
• Under the new agreement, "The institution ... must
agree to one single tuition rate per Office of Post-
Secondary Education identification number. What
this means is that institutions cannot charge service
members different tuition rates to attend the same
• The agreement requires that schools be accredited
by an agency recognized by the Department of
Education, abide by DOD and military service
regulatory guidance on voluntary education, and
adhere to the principles and criteria established by
the Servicemembers' Opportunity Colleges.
What Civil War general graduated first in the West
Point class of 1829?
Robert E. Lee
An Audit Report on Veteran’s Service at Selected
Institutions of Higher Education and Survey Results
Related to Veteran’s Services at All Texas Public
Higher Education Institutions
• Texas A&M University
• Texas State University - San Marcos
• Texas Tech University
• University of Houston
• University of North Texas
• The University of Texas at El Paso
• The University of Texas at San Antonio
State Audit, cont
Auditors identified several areas in which the institutions should consider
providing additional services and support
• Sending targeted communications about financial assistance and
resources available to student veterans prior to their arrival on campus.
• Enhancing their Web sites to ensure that they provide easily located and
comprehensive information about the educational benefits available to
student veterans, including a link to those resources on the Web site's
• Offering student veterans one central location on campus where they
can obtain information about both the federal and state education-
related financial assistance available to student veterans.
• Establishing a veterans advisory committee that includes representation
from all stakeholders.
• Offering early class registration to student veterans.
What two continents have never been the site of a
major military conflict?
Antarctica and Australia
• Veteran Services Office
• VA/GI Bill Information
• Texas Hazlewood Information
• Collin County Community College and Texas A&M
University are currently Beta testing 2 new forms in
Banner that will be used to facilitate the reporting