Headlines for 2014
7/24/2014- SVA announces "not recommended" college list
The veteran community has become increasingly aware of several institutions that rely on predatory recruitment practices. These institutions use deceitful marketing to drive student veterans to their institutions, with no plan of supporting them while they are there. In order to combat this, the Student Veterans of America (SVA), a non-profit organization, has announced the creation of a "not recommended" schools list. The list will come with a warning for student veterans to avoid the institutions listed. The Green River Veterans Club is a member of SVA and is supportive of this initiative. 7/16/2014- Washington offers disabled veterans free camping in state parks Looking for something to do this summer? Washington State Parks and Recreation offers free camping, moorage, and boat launching at any of the state parks to disabled veterans (must present valid pass and ID). Veterans who have a service-connected disability rating of 30% or higher can apply to receive the Disabled Veteran Lifetime Pass.
6/24/2014- WDVA announces Service Animal Conference at GRCC
The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs is proud to announce that their second annual Service Animal Conference will be hosted at Green River College (main campus). The conference will take place on August 7th, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and will feature key-note speakers and information/resources on service animals. Registration costs $10 and will include lunch and continuing education credits (CEC's) for attending professionals.
6/17/2014- VA creates registry for burn pits and airborne hazards
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently announced the creation of a new health registry. The Burn Pits and Airborne Hazards registry allows eligible veterans and service members to document their exposures from their military service. Interested individuals can check their eligibility and sign up at the VA's website.
5/30/2014- Secretary Eric Shinseki steps down as VA head
This morning Secretary Eric Shinseki stepped down as the head of the Department of Veterans Affairs. His resignation comes after increasing pressure from Congress and veteran-service organizations after serious allegations of fraud and misrepresentation were brought forward. For now Sloan Gibson will take over as acting Secretary until a permanent replacement can be confirmed.
5/22/2014- State requires credit for prior military service On April 2nd Governor Inslee signed a bill that requires public institutions of higher education to create policies for awarding academic credit for prior military service. These institutions have until December 31, 2015 to develop these policies and have them submitted for stae review. Click here for more information regarding this bill.
5/7/2014- State grants in-state tuition to transitioning veterans Washington State recently passed legislation that removes the one-year waiting period that grants veterans in-state tuition. This means that veterans who have served at least two or more years and have left the military within the past year are eligble to receive the resident rate. A valuable incentive for veterans considering whether or not they should stay in Washington or not! Click here for more information about about this bill.
4/30/2014- New space for veterans announced Starting on May 8th the Veteran Resource Office will begin to move downstairs to the Adams Room. It will still be located in the Lindbloom Student Center (LSC), but will offer students a greater chance to connect with each other, as well as gain access to the resources they have proudly earned. The move will not affect the location of the other services we provide. The School Certifying Official, the VA Education Specialist, and the Director of Veteran Services will still be located in the same offices near the Financial Aid Office.
4/29/2014- GRCC signs the 8 Keys to Veterans' Success Green River College recently became one of Washington's first institutions of higher education to sign on to a very important initiative rolled out by the Department of Education. The 8 Keys to Veterans' Success (also known as the 8 Keys) is a voluntary initiative that outlines specific ways that colleges and universities can support veterans as they pursue towards their academic and professional goals. Click here to learn more about the Department of Education's 8 Keys.