With the addition of Alfred Finch to the Office of Veteran Affairs, Cameron University is the first institution of higher learning in Oklahoma to join the VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program. VSOC, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), supports veterans, service members, and eligible dependents in their transition from military to college life by providing counselors to approved institutions of higher learning. Finch, an employee of the DVA’s VSOC staff, will serves as CU’s VSOC counselor and can be reached by calling CU’s Office of Veteran Affairs at 580-581-2301 or via email at email@example.com. His office is located on the third floor of North Shepler.
“Acceptance into the VSOC program allows Cameron University to provide more specialized attention to veterans, current active duty service members and eligible dependents who are seeking a college degree,” says Vicki Henson, CU Coordinator of Veteran Affairs. “If you are a veteran, active duty military service member, or an eligible family member who attends or plans to attend Cameron University, call or come by to set up an appointment to meet with our VetSuccess on Campus counselor.”
Finch retired from the U.S. Army following 23 years of active service. After graduating from CU in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, he earned a Masters of Vocational Rehabilitation from Langston University in July 2018.
Finch joins VSOC counselors across the country in providing an array of services to those utilizing VA educational benefits, starting with accessing, understanding and applying for VA benefits such as disability compensation, life insurance, educational benefits, home loan guaranty, and vocational rehabilitation.
Additional services include management of education benefits, matching a suitable college major to a vocation, assistance with election of healthcare benefits with Veterans Healthcare Administration, referrals for medical and mental health care as well as for readjustment counseling services, job placement assistance and coordination with Local Veterans' Employment Representative (LVER) and Disabled Veterans' Outreach Programs (DVOP) and more. CU’s VSOC counselor will also coordinate with other CU offices to provide services as well as locating community and other resources.
The VSOC program operates under the Department of Veterans Affairs’ education and career counseling program, or Chapter 36 authority, administered by VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program. Chapter 36 benefits offer a wide range of educational and vocational counseling services designed to provide service members and veterans with personalized counseling and support to help guide career paths, ensure the most effective use of VA benefits, and achieve educational and career goals.
August 28, 2018