Veterans

Here to Serve You. The Maricopa Community Colleges have a long history of providing education and training to veterans and active duty service members seeking to gain new skills, enhance existing skills, and translate skills learned in the military for use in the civilian world. We believe that it is a privilege to have United States veterans, active reservists, and family members of veterans among our student body.

There are many services specifically available to you as a Veteran and for your dependents. We provide a variety of certificate and degree programs to assist veterans with career and educational goals, workforce development and preparation for university transfer, as well as a variety of support services.

The Department of Veterans Affairs requires colleges to evaluate any prior credits that veterans may have earned. This evaluation includes verifying all institutions that you may have attended even if you did not use your educational benefits. It is your responsibility to request official academic transcripts from all colleges you have previously attended. More information is available below.

Steps:

  1. Request official transcripts from all colleges previously attended.
  2. Follow up with your college’s Admission Office to determine if they have received all of your transcripts.
  3. Complete and submit a form for the request of your prior college credit(s).
  4. Once your transcripts have been evaluated, notify the Veterans Office at your college.
    • Generally, you have one semester to complete this requirement. However, if you are certified for a class/degree requirement that you have already completed at another institution, you will have an overpayment of funds.
    • The VA will not pay for repeated courses if the grade already earned is acceptable for graduation requirements or if the courses are elective courses in excess of those needed to meet graduation requirements.
  5. Contact the Veterans Office at your college if you have any questions about the transfer credit process for veterans.

 

"All of our colleges have received the Veteran Supportive Campus designation by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services. Additionally, the Maricopa Community Colleges are a partner organization of the Military/Veteran Resource Network."

 

Veterans Checksheets

 

Below are three different types of checksheets, please click on the checksheet that applies to your veteran status:

  1. Post 9/11 Benefit Eligible Veteran Student Check Sheet
  2. Active Reservist Student Check Sheet
  3. Veteran Student – Status Dependent Check Sheet

 

External Resources

 

College Guide for U.S. Service Members - http://www.accreditedcolleges.com/college-guide-us-service-members/

 

Educational Resources:

  1. G.I. Bill - http://www.gibill.va.gov/. Use this website to apply for your GI Bill educational benefits
  2. Free Application for Federal Student Aid http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. File for your additional college finance and opportunity to work as work-study on campus
  3. Request your Pin Number for FAFSA - https://www.pin.ed.gov/PINWebApp/pinindex.jsp 
  4. Veterans Upward Bound https://students.asu.edu/trio/vub - Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is an educational program designed to meet the needs of the veterans who seek to improve their academic skills in English, Reading skills, Math and Computer literacy. VUB provides free instruction, assists with financial aid and scholarship applications, directs veterans to Veterans Administration services, and helps them connect with the educational institution of their choice.

 

State and Federal Resources:

  1. Make the Connection - http://maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched the Make the Connection campaign to help Veterans and their families connect with services that improve their lives.
  2. Department of Veterans Affairs, Phoenix - http://www.vba.va.gov/ro/phoenix/index.htm. The Regional VA office provides benefits and services to eligible veterans and veterans families.
  3. eBenefits https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal. A personalized workspace called My Dashboard that provides quick access to eBenefits tools. Using eBenefits tools, VA student can complete various tasks i.e., apply for benefits (including your GI Bill), download DD 214, view benefits status, and more. This workspace is available to VA student once student created an eBenefits account. 
  4. The University of Arizona http://vets.arizona.edu/financial-resources. This webpage provides a number of links and resources for Family Support such as Financial Assistance, Women Veterans, Counseling Services, Mental Health, Employment Services, Family Support, State Resources, Networking, Disability Services, and News.

 

Wellness Resources:

  1. Soldier’s Best Friend - www.Soldiersbestfriend.org. This website assists veterans suffering from both Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) by providing service dogs and therapeutic companion dogs at no cost. 
  2. American Service Animal Society www.dogs4vets.org. This website empowers disabled veterans by providing a service or companion dog at no cost.
  3. American Healing Arts Foundation - www.americanhealingartsfoundation.com. This website provides free art classes for veterans intended to reunite veterans with peers, away from hospitals and the battlefields in a peaceful environment. 
  4. Horse Rhythm Foundation - www.horserhythm.org. Horse Rhythm Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization created by veterans for veterans and first responders. It provides Equine Assisted Services in an effort to bridge the gap between traditional healing methodologies and true whole-being wellness of the mind, body, and spirit for veterans suffering from war-time afflictions.
  5. Wounded Warriors - http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/. The Wounded Warrior Project was established to provide tangible, practical support for the wounded-helping them to heal both physically and mentally. 
  6. Arizona VA Vet Centers - http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/ZipSearchResult.asp. Vet Centers serve Veterans and their families by providing a continuum of quality care that adds value for Veterans, families, and communities. Care includes individual and group counseling as well as referrals, outreach and education including Post-Deployment health.
    1. Mesa location - http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?id=5609
    2. Phoenix location - http://www2.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=380
  7. Phoenix VA HealthCare System - http://www.phoenix.va.gov/visitors/facility_map.asp. The Phoenix VA HealthCare System provides a variety of services at its main medical center and outpatient clinics.

 

Gainful Employment Resources:

  1. Department of Economic Security (DES) https://www.azdes.gov/main.aspx?menu=258&id=2194. This website not only provides VA students and their families with job search, but also provides for basic needs, disability resources, child care, and electronic support.
  2. Arizona local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) https://www.azdes.gov/main.aspx?menu=258&id=3656. This website supports Veterans in obtaining employment and job training in Arizona.

 

Arizona National Guard Coalition:

  1. Arizona Coalition - http://arizonacoalition.org/. The Arizona Coalition for Military Families is a public and private partnership that is focused on building Arizona’s statewide capacity to care and support for all service members - Veterans and their families.
  2. Maricopa Workforce Connection - http://www.maricopaworkforceconnection.com/ .Maricopa Workforce Connections offer a number of workshops, such as Interviewing Skills, Job Search Skills, and Resume Workshops; computers are also available.
  3. Register in the Arizona State job sitewww.azjobconnection.gov

 

Financial and Legal Resources:

  1. Hope for The Warriors Applications for Critical Care Support for Wounded Veterans - http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/story/18721712/critical-care-coordination. Originally designed to meet short-term needs in the days following an injury, the Hope for The Warriors' Critical Care Coordination program has expanded to assist post-9/11 combat-wounded veterans and their families as they navigate through long-term recovery.
  2. Save the Family (East valley) - http://www.savethefamily.org/ . Support Services for Veteran Families is a program to assist low-income veteran families; must meet certain requirements within target Veteran group populations.
  3. Disabled Veterans of America, DAV Department of Arizona - http://azdav.org/. This website provides support and assistance to disabled Veterans throughout the Greater Valley community; hold fundraisers as well as other events to benefit the local disabled veteran community; provides volunteer opportunities, job-related opportunities, and other necessary resources to disabled Veterans in the greater Phoenix area.
  4. Veterans Court - http://phoenix.gov/citygovernment/justice/specialty/veteranscourt.html. The goal of Veterans Court is to restore Veterans to being successful, contributing members of the community. 
  5. Military One Source http://www.militaryonesource.mil: Military One Source provides assistance nation-wide to active military as well as Veterans within a 6 month discharge period.

 

VFW, Veterans of Foreign Wars:

  1. National Military Services - www.vfw.org VFW’s National Military Services supports military families while enduring deployment hardships. There are three programs: VFW Unmet Needs, VFW Operation Uplink, and VFW Military Assistance Program; applicants must have been deployed over the previous 36 months and can receive up to a possible $2,500 in financial support.
  2. Mesa Community Action Network http://www.mesacan.org/. This community-oriented program has increased the economic stability of thousands of individuals and families in Mesa by meeting their immediate needs i.e., utilities and rent and encouraging safe plans for their future. 
  3. Tempe Community Action Network http://tempeaction.org/. Tempe’s Community Action Program assists residents with services to alleviate poverty, hunger and homelessness.
  4. Vista del Camino http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/assistance/vista Vista del Camino provides a variety of services to Scottsdale residents to prevent homelessness, meet the basic needs of individuals and families in crisis, relieve economic and emotional stress and assist individuals to maintain self-sufficiency.