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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.
Tuition Deferment for VA Benefit Recipients
Due to the backlog for processing payments at the VA, some UF students receiving VA education benefits were not
paid by the November 20th tuition deferment deadline. The UF Office of Veterans Affairs has requested another
deferment for those who have not yet received payment. If the VA has still not disbursed your education benefits,
please check your my.ufl.edu account to verify that your deferment has been extended. If you qualify for an
extension but did not receive one, please contact the UF Office of Veteran Affairs as soon as possible.
VA Advance Payment Still Available
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki's advance payment program to help veterans who have not received
their GI Bill benefits still is available to eligible individuals. Please note that if you are receiving Chapter 31
(Vocational Rehabilitation), are a dependant, or are currently on active duty, you are NOT eligible for this advance
payment. To receive an advance payment, you can go to the VA Regional Office in St. Petersburg, or complete an
online request at https://advancepay.gibill.va.gov.
Spring Certification and Expected Delays
Due to the delays experienced in the fall term, the UF 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 requests as soon as they advance
register. If you have not already requested advance certification, please stop by the office to complete your Spring
Certification as soon as possible. Certification forms are also available online at www.registrar.ufl.edu/va/
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 Veterans Affairs will be short staffed the week of December 21st, and closed from December 25th to
January 1st. If you have any questions the first week of winter break, please call the office before coming in to
verify that someone will be available to help you.
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
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guarantees, and low-cost life insurance. Dependants may be eligible for CHAMPVA health coverage as well as state
and private scholarships for military dependants. If you'd like more information, please contact the Office of
Collegiate Veterans Society (CVS) Update
The University of Florida Collegiate Veterans Society just wrapped up a very successful month that included
participation in a state-wide conference at the University of South Florida to promote awareness of student-
veteran affairs, as well as helping other schools' student-veteran organizations brainstorm ideas to help their
organizations grow. Later, the University recognized the contributions of all student veterans during a Veterans
Day banquet at the President's House and a tribute during the halftime show of the UF vs Vanderbilt football
game. CVS then capped off a busy month with their main semester event, Bikers on Parade, which was a huge
success with over 1500 bikers and a generous donation to establish another Veteran Bridge Scholarship.
After winter break, CVS will be holding elections for officers, as well as appointing new director positions. If you are
interested in an officer or director position, please contact Justin Levine (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Also, CVS would like to remind anyone interested that we are still supporting the Give2TheTroops program. We
can help coordinate any effort. More information can be found at:
Lastly, the local United Service Organization (USO) will be hosting a free dinner for a large group of Wounded
Warriors passing through Gainesville on the 14th of December. If you are going to be in town and would like to
attend please contact Jason Levine (email@example.com). John Gebhardt (CVS faculty adviser) will be cooking and
both he and Major General (RET) David Kratzer will be in attendance.
Student Veteran Organizations
Collegiate Veterans Society
Meeting Time: Every other Friday at 3:00 p.m. Next meeting will be 11 December 2009. This will be the last
meeting of the semester.
Meeting Place: Meet in the 3rd floor Conference Room at Tigert Hall. Please be on time. Normally, we meet at the
Office of Veterans Affairs in 222 Criser at 2:45 p.m. and then head to Tigert Hall.
Contact: Justin Levine, President firstname.lastname@example.org
Ernesto Rancel, Vice President email@example.com
Andres Martinez-Alegria, Membership 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
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