Resources and Benefits for Veterans at WSU Tri-Cities
WSU Tri-Cities partners with Veterans Affairs to help veterans succeed in higher education by increasing awareness of veterans programs, implementing policies that foster social support and promoting a welcoming environment that meaningfully acknowledges the contributions of veterans. This partnership ensures that WSU Tri-Cities student veterans are offered access to the Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs for a review of their individual needs, potential benefits and assistance obtaining benefits and care.
The Veterans Center, located in the Elson S. Floyd Building, room 203, is staffed by veteran work-study students and the VetCORPS navigator. The office provides support and assistance for student veterans seeking information about educational benefits and community resources.
Below is a list of forms needed for accessing benefits for your education. If you are unsure if you need one of these forms, below, please contact the Veterans Center. You can download and print these forms or stop by Floyd 203 to pick up a copy.
Below is a list of contacts to help you access your benefits.
VA Education Benefit Hotline: 1-888-442-4551
WAVE verification: 1-877-823-2378
VA Direct Deposit Enrollment: 1-877-838-2778
VA Debt Management Center: 1-800-827-0648
The Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) Initiative
Kellie Reynolds, Ph.D., LP is the Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) Clinical Psychologist for VA Outpatient Mental Health Services. Dr. Reynolds is on campus every Thursday. Her office is in Floyd 269K and she sees veteran students by walk-in or by appointment. Please contact her at 509-525-5200 extension 26761.
Our campus VetCORP Navigator, Michiel Beck, can provide assistance with medical benefits, housing, or community resources.
The Patriots Club
The Patriots Club is a Registered Student Organization at WSU Tri-Cities. The Patriots Club is dedicated to the success of our students and our community. To this end, the purpose of the club is twofold: Our first goal is to promote student learning by establishing a social network of camaraderie and support; by working with the VetCorps office on campus to provide information and resources for veteran students and families; by promoting awareness of veteran students and veteran issues on campus; and by assisting in transition of veterans and their families into civilian and student life.
Equally important to our mission is giving back to the larger community by holding events and activities that promote collaboration between our membership and the public community, and which provide opportunities for our members to participate in community initiatives.
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WSU Tri-Cities first earned the Military Friendly School designation from Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse in 2017.
First published in 2009, Military Friendly Schools is the most comprehensive resource for veterans selecting a college, university or trade school to receive education and training to pursue a civilian career. WSU Tri-Cities will be showcased along with other schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines.
Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2019 survey and 1,160 were awarded the designation.
Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.