Plans announced to have veterans resource center on all Louisiana campuses

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Veterans returning from active duty especially those who go to college may face a difficult transition. 

Plans were announced this week to have a resource center on every Louisiana campus. 

The half-million dollar plan is being funded by the LA vet corps program and the department of veterans affairs. 

It will allow for 30 offices to be established or built out by the fall.

Staff, including an LA vet corps counselor, will assist veterans with finding what they have earned, making sure they have all the proper documentation, and helping them receive those funds in a timely manner. 

In addition to benefit services, staff members can help them make a smoother transition to civilian life.

UL Lafayette’s office of veterans services has been operating since 2011 in a small area in Foster Hall. 

They are hoping to pilot the state-wide project by being the first to build out a larger space on the mezzanine level in Agnes Edwards Hall, formerly the conference center. 

UL vet services currently assists about 700 veterans and military-connected students who are receiving VA benefits.

The more than eight thousand veterans and their dependents bring in $185-million dollars of GI bill funding to Louisiana higher education.
 

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