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Office of Veteran Services

Concord University is proud to welcome all Veterans and their families. We have made a number of changes recently and hope to vastly improve Veteran services on the Campus Beautiful. We are honored to serve the Veterans of our Armed Forces and want to thank you for your service. We offer a wide variety of amenities to both Veterans and their families.

Our School Certifying Official is Robin Rutherford.

Our Veterans Advocate is Dr. George Williams.

We invite you to Join us in the Veterans Lounge located in the south end of the Rahall Technology Center, atrium, on the second floor.  All enrolled Veterans have access to the lounge, regardless of whether or not they are receiving benefits to attend Concord. Additionally, the Lounge is available to all dependents utilizing a parent’s benefits. The lounge is open most days between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. It contains a library of textbooks, a kitchen with plenty of coffee and refreshments, a restroom, four computer work stations, a wide-screen television, free printing, and comfortable furniture.

We now have a Charter for SALUTE, the only National Veterans Honor Society. Please click on the link below for more information.

We also have a membership with Student Veterans of America and operate a CU Veterans Club. We highly encourage all student Veterans to become involved in the club.
 
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Education Benefits

If you have not applied for your MGIB Benefits
 

Active Duty and Reserve Benefits (Chapter 30, 1606, and 1607, Post 9/11 GI Bill.)
Instructions how to apply:

  • Complete the application for VA Education Benefits at: http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp
  • Complete and submit the Veterans Coordinator Card located at https://www.concord.edu/Financial-Aid.aspx to the Concord University Veterans Certifying Official (please include email, address and telephone number)
  • Mail or bring a copy of your DD214 to Robin Rutherford, Concord University’s VA Certifying Official
  • At the end of every month you will need to contact the VA to Certify your enrollment. You may contact them two ways: Call 1-877-823-2378 or log on: www.gibill.va.gov

Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)

Complete the application for VA Education Benefits at:

http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp

When you have been approved the Veterans Administration will send a “Certificate of Eligibility”. You need to submit this certificate to Robin Rutherford, VA Certify Official, Concord University, PO BOX 1000 D118, Athens, WV 24712-1000.

Complete and submit the Veterans Coordinator Card
https://www.concord.edu/Financial-Aid.aspx bring or mail to : Robin Rutherford- Concord University PO BOX 1000, D 118, Athens, WV 24712-1000

VA Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31)

Veteran must submit application with a VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor VA Regional Office, 640 4th Ave., Huntington, WV 25701 – www.vetsuccess.gov

Darla Walden, 304-255-2121 Ext. 4770 email: Darla.Walden@va.gov

When application is determined the VA will send Concord University and Authorization and Certification of Entrance in Rehabilitation and Certification Status.

The Student needs to complete and submit a Veterans Coordinator card log on to:
https://www.concord.edu/Financial-Aid.aspx and return to Robin Rutherford, Marsh Hall, A202 – Concord University.

If you have used your GI Bill at another institution and are changing majors or institutions (Chapter 30, 1606, 33 and 1607)

  • Complete form 22-1995 Request for Change of Program or Place of Training 22-1995.
  • Complete the Veterans Coordinator Card at:
    https://www.concord.edu/Financial-Aid.aspx submit both forms to, Concord University, PO BOX 1000-D-118, Athens, WV 24712-1000.

How to Apply for Reserve or National Guard Tuition Assistance

  • http://www.wvguardtuition.com (WV National Guard)
    • Requests needs to be submitted at least 30 days prior to the start of each semester.  Grades need to be submitted after you complete each semester to Kathy Kidd, 1703 Coonskin Drive, Charleston, WV 25311
  • https://www.goarmyed.com/ (Army Reserves)
    • Requests need to be submitted 2 to 3 weeks before each semester
    • Paper forms also need to be submitted
    • Grades need to be submitted after each semester

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Post-9/11 GI Bill

If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. NOTE: If you have eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and any other GI Bill program you must make an irrevocable election of the Post-9/11 GI Bill before you can receive any benefits. For approved programs, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 36 months of education benefits.

 The following payments may also be available:

*Monthly housing allowance

*Annual books and supplies stipend

*One-time rural benefit payment

 

Montgomery GI Bill

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is available to those who enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces. There are two main programs:

  • Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD)

The MGIB-AD program—sometimes known as Chapter 30—provides education benefits to Veterans and Service members who have at least two years of active duty. Eligible Service members may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. The monthly benefit paid to you is based on the type of training you take, length of your service, your category, any college fund eligibility, and if you contributed to the $600 buy-up program. You usually have 10 years to use your MGIB benefits, but the time limit can be fewer or more years depending on the situation. 

You may be an eligible if you have an honorable discharge; AND you have a high school diploma or GED or in some cases 12 hours of college credit; AND you meet the requirements of one of the categories below:

CATEGORY I

Entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985

Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for first 12 months

Continuously served for three years or two years, if that is what you first enlisted for or if you entered the Selected Reserve within a year of leaving active duty and served four years (the 2 by 4 program)

CATEGORY II

Entered active duty before January 1, 1977

Served at least one day between 10/19/84 and 6/30/85, and stayed on active duty through 6/30/88, (or through 6/30/87 if you entered the Selected Reserve within one year of leaving active duty and served four years)

On 12/31/89, you had entitlement left from Vietnam-era GI Bill

CATEGORY III

Not eligible for MGIB under Category I or II

On active duty on 9/30/90 AND separated involuntarily after 2/2/91

OR involuntarily separated on or after 11/30/93

OR voluntarily separated under either the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) or Special Separation Benefit (SSB) program

Before separation, you had military pay reduced by $1,200

CATEGORY IV

On active duty on 10/9/96 AND you had money remaining in a VEAP account on that date AND you elected MGIB by 10/9/97

OR you entered full-time National Guard duty under title 32, USC, between 7/1/85, and 11/28/89, AND you elected MGIB during the period 10/9/96 - 7/08/97

Had military pay reduced by $100 a month for 12 months or made a $1,200 lump-sum contribution

  • Montgomery GI Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

MGIB-SR program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments. 

To qualify, you must meet the following requirements:

Have a six-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve signed after June 30, 1985. If you are an officer, you must have agreed to serve six years in addition to your original obligation. For some types of training it is necessary to have a six-year commitment that begins after Sept. 30, 1990.

Complete your initial active duty for training (IADT).

Meet the requirement to receive a high school diploma or equivalency certificate before completing IADT. You may not use 12 hours toward a college degree to meet this requirement.

Remain in good standing while serving in an active Selected Reserve unit. You will also retain MGIB-SR eligibility if you were discharged from Selected Reserve service due to a disability that was not caused by misconduct. Your eligibility period may be extended if you are ordered to active duty.

Credit for Military Experience

Melvin Grubb WWII Photo Presentation 10-17-17

September 11th Memorial Ceremony 2017

Concord observes Patriots Day

Concord University Honoring Purple Heart Recipients with Reserved Parking

Concord University Makes National News

The Concord University Student Veterans Association is proud to announce the University’s first ever Purple Heart Recipient parking space. This space will be permanently reserved for veterans who have received a Purple Heart.

Concord University will join a small list of only 50 University’s that offer this type of parking for veterans.

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Resources for Veterans & Families

Below are online resources for Veterans.  Please notify us if you have suggestions, corrections, updates, etc.
 

Name/Title

Phone Number(s)

Veterans Crisis Help Line 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 to confidentially speak with a trained, caring VA responder and get connected to services that can make a difference.
West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance 304-425-5194 for Princeton office
Financial Aid Guide for Military and Veterans See Link for Contact Information 
The College Guide for Service Members and Veterans See Link for Contact Information 
Veterans | 211.org 211 is here to help you navigate the extensive benefits and services available to you, including health care support, financial assistance and counseling, legal assistance, and educational support
Job and Career Network Resources for our Veterans Veterans Advantage Jobs and Career Network is supported by vet-friendly companies who are looking to fill positions with former members of our military. New positions are posted daily, nationwide.
A How-To Guide: Using a Relocation Calculator An online relocation calculator is a helpful tool you can use to estimate moving expenses based on the weight of your belongings and the amount of space they occupy.
VA Mortgage Loan Document Checklist This checklist is so you can be prepared for the rest of the VA loan process.
VA Home Loan Calculator Use this calculator to help estimate the monthly payments on a VA home loan.
Moving Companies Offering Military Discounts To help you streamline your search for moving help, we compiled a list of moving companies that offer discounts and deals for military members (with proof of service or a veteran ID)—so you don’t have to go far to find moving companies that honor the sacrifices you and your family make.
What Documents Do I Need to Sell My House? A list of documents you will need to sell your house in case you're moving.
Family Services and Resources Near You A list of resources helping Veterans in need.
Military Buddy Finder | VetFriends.com With our tool, you can have instant access to 1 billion public records in the United States. Rely on us to ensure you know how to find old Army buddies, as well as those in the Air Force, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard.
Military Discounts Offered by Stores, Services, and Online Sites 2019 veterans and military discount list of hundreds of companies that offer military discounts to service members, retired military, veterans, spouses and their families.
Discounts for Veterans through Verizon Save on wireless with exclusive discounts for military, veterans and their families.
Veteran Healthcare Resources A list of healthcare resources for Veterans.
7 Medicare Facts Every Veteran Should Know Medicare covers veterans in the same way as it covers most other Medicare beneficiaries. But there are a few things that veterans of the armed forces should know about Medicare.
Mental Health Resources for our Veterans Families Mental Health First Aid is a valuable resource that can make a difference in the lives of the more than 22 million veterans, their families, and the communities they live in.
A Guide for Veterans on Creating a Peaceful At-Home Atmosphere After Returning Home In this guide, we’ll talk about some of the most common challenges veterans face upon return and what you can do to ease them.
What Veterans Should Know About Sleep An overview of common sleep problems many Veterans face.
Alcoholism in Veterans Current and former military face an array of challenges – unpredictable deployments, the risk of injury and being away from home. Unfortunately, alcohol is sometimes used as a coping mechanism during these difficult times.
Alcohol and PTSD Addiction to alcohol and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) are very commonly present together as those who have experienced trauma often turn to alcohol to numb their pain.
SALUTE National Veterans Honor Society
SALUTE Veterans NHS was established at Colorado State University, and currently has over 330 colleges as active chapters encompassing over 17,000 student veterans!
 
By applying through the Concord Chapter, students receive membership into the only academic military national honor society, along with the local benefits that your Chapter offers.
 
A major focus of SALUTE is to assist in shifting the narrative around veterans in this country that depicts them as broken or “less than” based on their service – to the narrative that we support, and promote as highlighting the significant value of veterans, with SALUTE members as the highest achieving veterans in the academic landscape. 

Please see Dr. Williams or Mrs. Rutherford for more information.
 
Student Veterans Advocates
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George Myers

"I was born in Toledo, Ohio, but I have called the two Virginias home since 1996. My Military career first started when I was still in high school. I signed my contract in May 1985, for the Ohio Army National Guard as an 11B, which is Infantry. I did Split Op training because I was still in high school, where I did my Basic training at Fort Benning in Harmony Church, GA in June 1985. After graduation from high school, I shipped out once again for Fort Benning Sand Hill in June 1986 for AIT training. In September of 1987 I changed branches and shipped off to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas for Basic training (again at #2), but I was only required to complete 3 of the 6 weeks of training. My Tech school was right there on Lackland for the training as a Security Police Specialist or an 81150 AFSC. I served in the Air Force until 1991 after returning home from Desert Shield/ Desert Storm."

"I re-entered the US Army in November 2001, and went to BASIC training (#3), and went right back to Fort Benning, GA at Sand Hill. I went on to AIT in Huntsville, AL to learn Electrical, Mechanical and Hydraulics Systems repair at part one of training. To complete my training, I moved on to part two, where I learned how to repair the Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) and Hi-MARS. I reclassified my MOS to Radar Repair, which had a greater knowledge of training within the electrical systems, APU’s, and circuit cards and troubleshooting. I have had a total of 4 deployments into war zones and was severely injured in 2010. I have had many tours, including Korea, Japan, and temporary duty assignments around the world. My total time in the Military is 18 and a half years of service to our great Nation. Since my retirement in 2013, I have earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Legal Study from Concord University. I am currently attending Concord to earn a second Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW), with the goal of also earning my Master of Social Work (MSW)."


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Makayla Kelly

Makayla is a Secondary Education Major English 5-Adult from Princeton, WV who aspires to be a middle school English teacher one day. She also currently studying to become an ordained minister and hopes to be in ministry as well. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and visiting coffee shops.

 
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Michael Shrader

"I enlisted in the military when I was 18, in 2013. I am currently 24. Although I am still young, I have spent most of my adult life serving in the military. I was stationed in South Korea and Fort Hood, Texas. I left active duty military in 2017 to pursue a college education. After a while, I began to miss serving, so I enlisted in the Army Reserves. Here at Concord, I am studying Business Administration and am one of the Student Veteran Advocates. I hope to be a teacher one day and become more involved with Veteran oriented help groups because even though I have served, I have only given a little bit of my time for this country, but some have given more than just their time."
The Veterans Lounge

Stop by for a coffee, or just relax in between classes.

The Veteran Student Lounge located in the Rahall Building (across from room the Academic Success Center) gives you the opportunity to study at one of our computers, sink into one of our couches, drink a tall cup of coffee, and meet other veteran students here at Concord University. It is equipped with comfortable furniture, computers, CAC reader, television and other amenities. You can also find the Veteran Advocate’s office inside the lounge.

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The Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions of higher learning (degree granting institutions) in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed either the annual maximum cap for private institutions or the resident tuition and fees for a public institution. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution.

Only Veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate, as determined by service requirements, or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty Service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program. Child transferees of active duty Service members may be eligible if the Service member is qualified at the 100 percent rate.

Concord University is proud to be a participant of the Yellow Ribbon program and takes great pride in helping our veterans in any way possible.


Yellow Ribbon Program

Veteran's Upward Bound
Concord Veterans Upward Bound

What do we offer?

Veterans Upward Bound is a program that helps veterans receive basic instruction in pre-college or GED courses to help prepare them for college, technical, or vocational school enrollment, GED exam and career development.  Classes are offered online and in person at various locations in WV and VA. We offer college preparation, college admissions assistance, peer tutoring and mentoring. Academic, career and personal advising are offered, as well as financial aid awareness and referrals to community veterans services. Visits to colleges and universities, as well as special visits to sites such as museums and theaters may be offered as well.

How much does it cost me?

Our services are free except for your time, commitment and a little hard work! The Veterans Upward Bound program is funded by a grant from the United States Department of Education under Title IV.

You may also earn stipends for satisfactory participation and attendance.

Who is eligible?

If you concluded your service in the Armed Forces in good standing; and either you receive a modest income and/or neither of your parents attained a bachelor’s degree; and you have the desire to improve your life through higher education, you are invited to receive the benefits of Veterans Upward Bound.

Contact Us Today!

P.O. Box 1000, Campus Box D-144
Athens, WV 24712
Phone: 304-301-4154
Fax: 304-301-4506
8:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M., Monday through Friday

Katrina Matney, Interim Director
Kristen Williams, Academic Advisor
Matt Spaur, Program Assistant

Our Staff

Rutherford, Robin
Robin Rutherford
VA School Certifying Official
304-384-5323
rrutherford@concord.edu
Williams, George
George Williams
Assistant Professor - Humanities / Veterans Advocate
304-384-5171
gwilliams@concord.edu
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Robin Rutherford
Veteran Certifying Official
304-384-5323

Email: rrutherford@concord.edu
 

Dr. George Williams
Veteran Advocate
304-384-6300
Email: gwilliams@concord.edu

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An Approved Chapter of Student Veterans of America


Proud member of AVECO

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