Dear MJC Campus Community,
In the wake of recent events surrounding American military operations in Afghanistan, MJC Veterans Services would like to provide you with resources to assist in your military affiliated students who may be in your physical or virtual classrooms.
Below are listed resources that may be helpful to your veteran students.
- Veterans Crisis Line - If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-273-8255, then PRESS 1 or visit http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ (Links to an external site.)
- For emergency mental health care, you can also go directly to your local VA medical center (Links to an external site.) 24/7 regardless of your discharge status or enrollment in other VA health care.
- Vet Centers - Discuss how you feel with other Veterans in these community-based counseling centers. 70% of Vet Center staff are Veterans. Call 1-877-927-8387 or find one near you (Links to an external site.).
- VA Mental Health Services Guide (Links to an external site.) - This guide will help you sign up and access mental health services.
- MakeTheConnection.net (Links to an external site.) - information, resources, and Veteran to Veteran videos for challenging life events and experiences with mental health issues.
- RallyPoint - Talk to other Veterans online. Discuss: What are your feelings as the Taliban reclaim Afghanistan after 20 years of US involvement? (Links to an external site.)
- Download VA's self-help apps (Links to an external site.) - Tools to help deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety. You can also track your symptoms over time.
- Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) - Request a Peer Mentor (Links to an external site.)
- VA Women Veterans Call Center - Call or text 1-855-829-6636 (M-F 8AM - 10PM & SAT 8AM - 6:30PM ET)
- VA Caregiver Support Line - Call 1-855-260-3274 (M-F 8AM - 10PM & SAT 8AM - 5PM ET)
- Together We Served -Find your battle (Links to an external site.) buddies (Links to an external site.) through unit pages
- George W. Bush Institute - Need help or want to talk? Check In (Links to an external site.) or call:1-630-522-4904 or email: email@example.com
- Elizabeth Dole Foundation Hidden Heroes - Join the Community (Links to an external site.)
- American Red Cross Military Veteran Caregiver Network - Peer Support and Mentoring (Links to an external site.)
- Team Red, White & Blue - Hundreds of events weekly. Find a chapter (Links to an external site.) in your area.
- Student Veterans of America - Find a campus chapter (Links to an external site.) to connect with.
- Team Rubicon - Find a local support (Links to an external site.) squad.
The Fall 2021 VRC Campus Hours:
- M, W, F – 9:00am – 2:00pm
- T, TH - 9:00am – 12:00pm
Virtual VRC Hours: Monday – Friday 1:00pm to 2:00pm (ZOOM) Counseling and Certification operations will continue to be offered remotely. No in-person appointments will be available for the remainder of Fall 2021. Although the office is open, we welcome students to make appointments to visit the VRC. All CDC Guidelines and Social Distancing policies will be followed. All student, staff, and faculty must wear a mask at all times, regardless of vaccination status.
Changes to VA education benefits go into effect Aug. 1:
Congress in January approved the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe M.D. Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020, named for former Republican leaders of the House and Senate veterans’ affairs committees. The new law is more than 340 pages long and aims to help various segments of the veteran population, including women, Native Americans and students, as well as veterans experiencing homelessness. For more information the Stars and Stripes article can be read at https://www.stripes.com/veterans/2021-07-20/changes-gi-bill-program-veterans-health-care-benefits-2206275.html
VRC Help Desk:
The VRC is OPEN (Virtually) and our VA work-study’s are working remotely to support their fellow veteran and dependent students! The VRC is the liaison between veterans or their dependents, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Our goal is to provide Veteran students, and dependents with services to assist them as they embark on achieving their educational goals.
The Virtual Veterans Resource Center is also open, Monday to Thursday from 1:00pm to 2:00pm.
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Six Ways You Will Be Successful at MJC
MJC is committed to transforming lives! We do this through educational programs and services informed by the latest approaches to teaching and learning. MJC is a dynamic, innovative environment meeting needs of the ever-changing populations of our regional community.
We invite you to join us in a partnership for your success! Our role in the partnership is to thoughtfully and meaningfully integrate the RP Group research findings related to the Six Success Factors of Student Achievement.
Directed-students have a goal and know how to achieve it
Focused-students stay on track—keeping their eyes on the prize
Connected-students feel somebody wants and helps them to succeed
Engaged-students actively participate in class and extracurricular activities
Nurtured-students feel like they are part of the college community
Valued-students’ skills, talents, abilities and experiences are recognized; they have opportunities to contribute on campus and feel their contributions are appreciated
Veteran Services Service Area Outcome (SAO)
Veteran and Dependent students will know about available resources and services specifically designed for Veteran and Dependent students at Modesto Junior College.
Veteran Services-Support Service Learning Outcome (SSLO)
- Veteran and Dependent students will be able to identify and understand educational benefits earned through military service.
- Veteran and Dependent students will understand degree requirements, as well as receive necessary referrals and interventions in order to improve retention, transfer, and graduation rates.
- Veteran and dependent students will understand terminology and community resources available through military service upon completion of meeting with Veteran Center staff.
Veteran Affairs- Principles of Excellence
- Provide students with a personalized form covering the total cost of an education program.
- Provide educational plans for all military and Veteran education beneficiaries.
- End fraudulent and aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.
- Accommodate Service members and Reservists absent due to service requirements.
- Designate a point of contact to provide academic and financial advice.
- Ensure accreditation of all new programs prior to enrolling students.
- Align institutional refund policies with those under Title IV, which governs the administration of federal student financial aid programs.
Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018
The Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018 (Public Law 115-407) was signed into law on December 31, 2018. This law has five sections pertinent to the administration of Veterans' educational or training benefits with two of the provisions directly affecting schools. The first of these provisions will be implemented in August.
Beginning on August 1, 2019, educational institutions must have a policy in place allowing G.I. Bill® and VR&E beneficiaries (Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 beneficiaries) to attend a course of education or training for up to 90 days from the date the beneficiary provides a certificate of eligibility, or valid VAF 28-1905. This allows a student to attend the course until VA provides payment to the institution. The educational institution must also have a policy to not impose a penalty, or require the beneficiary to borrow additional funds to cover tuition and fees due to late payments from VA. Section 103 requires a State Approving Agency (SAA), or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) when acting in the role of the SAA, to disapprove certain courses of education. VA can grant a waiver to these requirements.
‘‘GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill."