MONTHLY VETERANS NEWSLETTER UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
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The Office of Veteran Affairs at the University of Florida
would like to welcome you to the November edition of our Monthly Veterans Newsletter.
-UF VA TEAM
Additional information on any of these articles may be obtained at the Veterans Affairs Office in 222 Criser or by
phone at (352) 392-1374, ext 7413.
UPDATE: New Post 9/11 GI Bill Rule Changes
Previously the Office of Veteran Affairs notified students receiving Post-9/11 GI Bill and additional aid, such as
Bright Futures and Purple Heart, that the VA would only pay the portion of their tuition and fees not covered by
their other aid. Recently, the policy was modified by the Department of Veteran Affairs, and now only aid affiliated
with the federal government (EXCLUDING Title-IV funding) and Department of Defense aid will reduce Post-9/11
tuition and fee payments. If you were affected by this change, the VA will pay the full amount of tuition and fees
you are entitled to, and any payments already made by your other aid would be transferred to you once University
Financial Services receives your tuition and fee payment from the VA. The exceptions to this would be those that
receive Tuition Assistance, ROTC funding, Nurse Trainee Scholarship or any other federal government or military
grant (not including Title-IV funds). We will continue to keep you informed of changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill
If You Still Have Not Been Paid
As of October 23rd, about 15% of UF students that had applied for Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits had begun to receive
their payments. Overall, approximately 66% of all students eligible for benefits have been paid. If the delay in
receiving payments has caused a problem for you, please come by our office to discuss the options that are
available to assist you. If you do not receive any payment by November 10th, 2009, please stop by or contact our
office. The November 20th Tuition Deferment deadline will be enforced for all students who have received VA
payment. Plans are in place to extend the deferment deadline for any VA benefit recipients who have not been
paid by the November 20th deferment date.
Spring Certification and Expected Delays
Due to the delays experienced in the fall term, the University of Florida Office of Veteran Affairs is highly
recommending that all students receiving or planning to receive VA benefits in the Spring 2010 semester come in
and complete their enrollment certification request as soon as they register for classes. Based on our experiences
this fall semester, we believe processing times will be shorter if students submit their certification request as soon
as they advance register. Certification forms are available online at www.registrar.ufl.edu/VA
MONTHLY VETERANS NEWSLETTER UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
Stop Loss Reimbursement
The Department of Defense recently announced that military service members who were ordered to serve beyond
their End of Active Duty Service date under the "stop-loss" clause are eligible for reimbursement for every
additional month (s)he was held due to stop-loss. For more information, please check:
The Office of the University President has invited all military veterans to the Veterans' Day Banquet to be held at
the President's House on November 10, 2009. The event will be from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, and will include a
catered dinner. Guests are welcome, and uniforms are authorized. Those not wearing uniforms are asked to wear
Are You Aware of All Your Benefits?
There are many benefits offered by the Department of Veterans' Affairs of which you may be unaware. Benefits
for veterans may include free or low-cost medical coverage at VA hospitals, disability compensation, home loan
guarantees, and low-cost life insurance. Dependants may be eligible for CHAMPVA health coverage, and state and
private scholarships for military dependants.
Collegiate Veterans Society (CVS) Supporting Bikers on Parade
CVS will be helping to run the annual Bikers on Parade event on November 15, 2009. It has been recently
announced that this will be the final year that we hold Bikers on Parade. Bikers on Parade is a local motorcycle
parade that helps raise money for local charities, including the American Red Cross, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and
the American Legion. This year, CVS is in charge of registration, and we are pleased to announce that we have
nearly doubled our volunteer numbers from last year. If you are still interested in volunteering, or would like to
attend the event or request further information, please contact a CVS officer (contact information found below).
Student Veteran Organizations
Collegiate Veterans Society
Meeting Time: Fridays at 12:00 p.m.
Meeting Place: Meet in the 2nd floor Conference Room at Tigert Hall. Please be on time. Normally, we meet at the
Office of Veterans Affairs in 222 Criser at 11:45 and then head to Tigert Hall.
Contact: Justin Levine, President firstname.lastname@example.org
Ernesto Rancel, Vice President email@example.com
Andres Martinez-Alegria, Secretary and Treasurer firstname.lastname@example.org
Omega Delta Sigma Veterans Fraternity
Meeting Time: Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Meeting Place: ROTC Building, 2nd Floor
Contact: Ben R. Farias email@example.com
For archived newsletters, please visit: http://registrar.ufl.edu/va/news.html