Community Building: Veteran Services at UC Santa Cruz

eSlug Newsletter Summer 2016

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Seventh installment in a series of articles on community building at UC Santa Cruz. Brought to you by eSlug!

The diverse and thriving community of UC Santa Cruz military veterans receives support from almost every unit of the university, and especially from Veterans Education Team Support (VETS), a program within the Services for Transfer and Re-entry Students (STARS) office.

The VETS Peer Mentor Team includes a full-time staff member (VETS Coordinator Brian Ragunan) and a team of student veteran peer mentors, who are all available on a drop-in or by-appointment basis to assist student veterans with their transition to campus and to help them throughout their university career.

"I'm extremely proud to have the privilege to continue to serve alongside veterans and members of the military community," said Ragunan. "The combination of world class values gleaned from service and a world class education produces citizens and warriors that can master new crafts and fight new battles. UC veterans are an incredible group and a tradition I hope to continue to build on."

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In addition to one-on-one advising, VETS provides vets-only community building events, career and employment advising and resources, information on receiving veteran benefits, social media and other online community resources ("vetworking"), information on scholarship opportunities, pizza nights, and more.

UCSC VETS Mission Statement: UCSC VETS looks to provide support, learn with, and learn from all who have served or been affiliated with the military through their educational journey, from prospective student to graduation and beyond. Our staff and students will educate, advocate, and engage the campus and community, valuing Social Responsibility and the Sacrifice of all who have served.

At UCSC, the Veterans' Benefits Services Office, which is a unit within the Office of the Registrar, helps veterans apply for and receive their benefits. In addition, the forms for veteran students to apply for benefits are available online through the Registrar's Office.

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VA Education Benefits at UCSC

Contact Information

VETS Coordinator Brian Ragunan

UCSC Veterans' Certifying Officials Gloria Lozano and Joanne Madril