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PCC hosts veteran support program


Portland Community College is one of 94 colleges and universities nationwide chosen to take part in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) Program.

First started at the University of South Florida in 2009, the VSOC Program serves as the on-campus face of the VA. Counselors in the program help ease veterans’ transitions to student life and assist them in achieving their educational and career goals through the VA’s post-9/11 GI Bill, and other education benefit programs.

The counselors maintain close relationships with local VA veteran centers and VA medical facilities, referring veterans as needed for counseling or medical services and providing assistance enrolling in and applying for VA medical and nonmedical benefits.

Partner schools such as PCC provide on-campus office space for the VA counselors. In addition to PCC, the VA has signed agreements with schools such as Austin Community College (Texas), East Carolina University, Florida State University, Houston Community College (Texas), Ohio State University, Old Dominion University (Virginia), Pasadena City College, Texas A&M University, University of Alabama, University of Kentucky and University of Nebraska.

“When we received notice from them that they wanted to locate a VSOC counselor on our campus, we jumped on it,” said Bert Logan, PCC’s director of financial aid and veteran services.

Logan said PCC, which has more than 1,400 military vets on its campuses, was chosen for this program because of the services it has created for student veterans, the size of its student veteran population and its proximity to a number of veteran resources located throughout the Portland area. For more information on the VetSuccess program, go to vetsuccess.gov.