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The Office of Veteran Affairs at the University of Florida would like to welcome
you to the March edition of our Monthly Veterans Newsletter.
-UF VA TEAM
Operation Gator Gratitude
Omega Delta Sigma National Veterans Fraternity and Collegiate Veterans
Society have joined forces with Gator Community Outreach to collect items
needed by our troops. All donations will be sent as care packages to UF students
currently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Requested items include socks, non-
perishable food and snacks, and hygiene products. A complete list of items can
be obtained from the Veteran's Affairs Office located at 222 Criser Hall, located
next to the Registrar. All items can be dropped off at this location as well.
Operation Gator Gratitude will run until Friday, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. For more
information visit: http://amaaator.com/oga.pdf
Updated New GI Bill information
We encourage all veterans attending University of Florida to visit the Questions
and Answers section located at http://www.gibill.va.gov/. The website will be
kept up-to-date as new information comes out about the New GI Bill. Currently
there are answers to questions about the kicker program, college funds and the
amount of tuition eligibility. However, be cautious, as information on the website
might not be relevant if you are Active Duty or Reserve, so please be specific
when you are searching the Questions and Answers section of the website. The
website also allows you to sign up for e-mail updates.
University of Florida Student Wins Alachua County Veteran of the Year
The 4th annual Alachua County Veterans Banquet was held on January 31at the
Clarion Inn and Conference Center in Gainesville. Collegiate Veterans Society
former president Dan Wojcik was nominated for and won "Alachua County
Veteran of the Year". Among the nominations were nominees from 11 local
veterans organizations including the VFW, American Legion, and DAV. This
prestigious award is voted on by the Alachua County Veterans Advisory Board
and is given to the veteran who gives the most back to the Alachua veterans
community. Wojcik was nominated by the University of Florida Collegiate
Veterans Society for his work both on campus and in the community. During
Collegiate Veterans Society's reestablishment in 2006, Wojcik worked hard to
make the organization what it is today and to prove to the community veterans
organizations that the younger generation can have an impact on the veterans
community. Wojcik's most recent accomplishment is the implementation of the
Veterans Fountain located at the Reitz Union Green Pond. Congratulations to
Dan Wojcik and all other nominees!
Florida Dependents Scholarship
The State of Florida provides scholarships for dependent children and spouses of
Florida veterans or service members who died as a result of service-connected
injuries, diseases, or disabilities. The dependents of veterans or service members
who have been verified by the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs as having
service-connected 100% total and permanent disabilities also qualify. The Florida
Department of Veterans' Affairs will certify the official status of veterans or service
Application: Applicants must submit a completed (error free) Florida Financial
Aid Application by April 1; applicant must ensure that the Florida Department of
Veterans' Affairs certifies their eligibility.
Value: two semesters of annual tuition and fees for up to 132 credit hours at
eligible public post-secondary institutions. Please visit the website below for more
Returning Veterans Outreach Program at the VA Hospital
The Veterans Outreach for Integration of Care and Education (VOICE) is a new
program offered through the VA Hospital to help provide a seamless transition for
new veterans and their significant others. This program is designed to provide
information on educational, health, and transition plans facilitated by the VA.
Unlike most VA programs, VOICE is open to spouses, girlfriends, boyfriends, other
family members, or close friends of the veterans who may have questions.
If you would like more information on this valuable new program, stop by the
Veterans' Affairs Office at 222 Criser Hall for a brochure and contact information.
I am a Dependent, Am I Eligible for CHAMPVA?
The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs
(CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health care program in which the VA shares the
cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries. The
program is administered by Health Administration Center, and their offices are
located in Denver, Colorado.
Due to the similarity between CHAMPVA and the Department of Defense (DoD)
TRICARE program (sometimes referred to by its old name, CHAMPUS), the two
are often mistaken for each other. CHAMPVA is a Department of Veterans Affairs
program whereas TRICARE is a regionally managed health care program for
active duty and retired members of the uniformed services, their families, and
survivors. In some cases, you may be eligible for both/either program on paper.
However, if you are a military retiree, or the spouse of a veteran who was killed in
action, you are and will always be a TRICARE beneficiary; you cannot choose
between the two. Please visit the website below for more information:
Veterans Homestead Exemption
Eligible veterans with service-connected disabilities of 10% or more shall be
entitled to a $5,000 property tax exemption. To qualify for this homestead
exemption, a veteran must be a bona fide resident of the state.
Every person who is entitled to a homestead exemption in this state and who is
serving in any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States may file a claim
for a homestead exemption. Servicemen unable to file in person may file through
next of kin or duly authorized representatives. Please visit the website below for
Student Veteran Organizations
Collegiate Veterans Society
Meeting Time: Fridays at 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: Tigert Hall, University Relations Conference Room
Contact: Justin Levine, firstname.lastname@example.org
Omega Delta Sigma Veterans Fraternity
Meeting Time: Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Meeting Place: ROTC Building, 2nd Floor
Contact: Andrew J Kisz, email@example.com
For archived newsletters, please visit: http://registrar.ufl.edu/va/news.html.