PHCC was named to the annual “Best for Vets” college list compiled by the Military Times Edge magazine, a publication of the Gannett company. PHCC was recognized as one of the nation’s best “career and technical colleges” for educating military veterans. The list was compiled after participating schools completed a survey featuring nearly 150 questions. The questions covered topics such as support services, academic policies and financial aid beneficial to student veterans. More than 650 schools participated in the survey, and the magazine created four “best of” rankings based on school characteristics, such as “four-year colleges” and “career and technical colleges.”
GI Bill Certification
Those eligible for veteran educational benefits from the US Department of Veteran Affairs should apply for these benefits at www.gibill.va.gov . Paper applications are available if needed through the Patrick Henry Community College Financial Aid Office.
Montgomery GI Bill Chapters
- VRAP – Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
- Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 (served after 09/11/2001)
- Chapter 30 – Active duty benefits
- Chapter 35 – Dependents/Spouses of veterans
- Chapter 1606 – National Guard/Reservist
- Chapter 1607 – National Guard/Reservist who have been deployed
(You may only use one chapter at a time if you are eligible for more than one.)
A checklist to help you become a Military student.
Monthly Enrollment Verification
Those who are receiving Chapter 1606, Chapter 1607 and Chapter 30 and VRAP benefits must verify their enrollment at the end of each month. Verification may be called in at 1-877-823-2378 but the preferred method is on-line through W.A.V.E. (www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do ).
Please note: Courses that do not meet the entire term (condensed classes) will be paid only for the days the class meets. This will affect your entitlement pay.
Stop by thePHCC Financial Aid Office located in the Walker Fine Arts building if you have any questions concerning veteran educational benefits.
Rosemary Bowers and Willie Gibson works with these benefits and will answer your questions, or will find someone who can. Make the most of your benefits, and let us help.
Financial Aid Office (Walker Fine Arts Bldg)
Willie Gibson JR
Veteran Service Coordinator
Patrick Henry Community College
Office: (276) 656-5465 ext. 5465
CAMPUS and COMMUNITY RESOURCES
- Financial Aid Office: Assists with available grant funds, scholarships, and other financial programs
- Counseling: Provides counseling, support, intervention and referral to outside resources
- Disability Services: Provides accommodations and assistance to ensure equal access and opportunity for all students
- Career Center: Services range from testing to career advising
Virginia Veterans Wounded Warrior Program (www.WeAreVirginiaVeterans.org). Veteran Specialist, Cliff Roop and the number is 276-632-7128 Ext# 1348 and 276-340-2976.
Veterans’ Claims: Nicole Crews represents Virginia Department of Veteran Services. She may be reached at 2276 Franklin Turnpike, Suite #104, Danville VA 24540 (434-836-8447), or VA Workforce Center, 233 West Commonwealth Blvd, Martinsville, VA 24112, (276-634-3628) on Wednesdays from 9:30 – 3:30.
Military News (www.military.com).
Heroes' Legacy Scholarship: The 2014 program is now open! Applications must be postmarked by March 15, 2014.The "Heroes' Legacy Scholarships" program honors not only those who have fallen in battle, but all who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 11, 2001. Open to their dependent unmarried children under age 23.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED and GET INFORMED
Starting college can be challenging and a time that may require some adjustments. Connecting with other veterans on campus can make the transition less stressful. We are working on ways to offer veterans opportunities to meet on campus and join together for camaraderie, peer support, projects, and more.