Title: Monthly Veterans newsletter - University of Florida
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Title: Monthly Veterans newsletter - University of Florida
Physical Description: Serial
Language: English
Creator: Office of Veterans Affairs, University of Florida
Publisher: Office of Veterans Affairs, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: April 2009
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Volume ID: VID00006
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The Office of Veteran Affairs at the University of Florida would like to welcome you to the
April edition of our Monthly Veterans Newsletter.


Certification for VA benefits for 2009-2010
The new forms for requesting certification are ready. Once you have completed your
summer registration, you may visit www.registrar.ufl.edu/va/forms.html for all of the
appropriate forms.

If you are a dependant or a Reservist who has not served 90+ consecutive days on
active duty, you may request certifications for the entire 2009-2010 academic year. If
you served over 90 days on active duty, we ask that you only request certification for
the Summer semesters at this time. Currently, the VA is anticipating receiving
applications in May and Fall enrollment certifications in July. We will send an update
about New GI Bill applications as well as a certification request form for Fall 2009 and
Spring 2010 at a later date.

GI Bill Benefits while Studying Abroad or as a Transient Student
If you will be participating in Study Abroad or will be a transient student during the 2009-
2010 academic year, please come by the VA Office in 222 Criser Hall. We can discuss
your situation with you and determine if you are eligible to receive GI Bill Benefits as well
as provide you with any required forms.

Adding a Minor or Second Major?
If you will be adding a minor or a second major that will add hours to your degree
program, you must have your individual program approved by the VA State Approving
Office. You will need to complete VA forms in addition to the required UF forms. Please
come by the VA Office in 222 Criser Hall to discuss your plans and to pick up the
necessary forms.

Florida Student Scholarships for Dependents
It's that time of year again. The Florida Student Scholarship and Grant Program is once
again taking applications for their 2009-2010 Scholarships for Children and Spouses of

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Deceased or Disabled Veterans and Servicemembers. This is a scholarship specifically
for Florida residents.

For complete eligibility details, please access:

To complete the application, please access:
https://www.floridastudentfinancialaidsa.org/ua/SAWSTUA uaform.asp

New Scholarship Offered
The Military Officers Association of America, Cape Canaveral Chapter (MOAACC)
recently announced it will award 10 scholarships of $3500 for the 2009-2010 academic
school year.

Each year, since 1984, MOAACC has awarded scholarships to descendants of military
personnel and MOAACC members living in Brevard County. According to the website,
selection is based on academics, leadership, work experiences, and extracurricular
activities. This scholarship is offered to students who have completed at least 2 years in
a four-year program.

For more information, check the chapter's website at www.moaacc.org, or stop by the
Office of Veterans' Affairs at 222 Criser Hall.

VFW Meet and Greet Barbecue
The local chapter of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) will be holding a Meet and Greet
for student attending the University of Florida who are veterans of the current conflicts.
The event will be held on April 2nd, 2009 at 6 pm.

The VFW is a veteran advocacy group with chapters across the country. It offers
services such phone cards to military personnel and hospitalized veterans, projects to
help Reserve and National Guard units, and sponsors events on patriotic holidays. The
VFW also provides over $3.4 million in scholarships and incentives to its student veteran
members. VFW's Gainesville chapter, Post 2811, is seeking to attract new veterans from
operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom to join their organization.

VFW Post 2811 will provide free food and reasonably-priced drinks at the event. Anyone
interested in the Meet and Greet should let Justin Levine know (iblevine@ufl.edu) by
noon on April 2nd, so the VFW can make adequate catering arrangements.

Operation Gator Gratitude in Full Swing
Operation Gator Gratitude, sponsored by the Collegiate Veterans' Society, Omega
Delta Sigma, and Gator Community Outreach, has been going on for 3 weeks now.
Operation Gator Gratitude is a joint effort to put together care packages for UF
students currently deployed. Suggested donations include foot powder, deodorant,

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bar soap, trail mix, Gatorade powder, socks, and playing cards. An entire list of
suggestions is available in the Office of Veterans' Affairs in 222 Criser Hall. The event
officially wrapped up Friday 3/27, but we will continue to accept donations through the
end of the Spring 2009 semester. We would like to give a special thanks to everyone
who has already contributed.

Please drop off any donations at the Office of Veterans' Affairs in 222 Criser Hall. If you
have any questions, stop by to request a flyer or call 392-1374, ext 7413.

Up to date New GI Bill information
We encourage all veterans attending the University of Florida to access the Question
and Answer section located at http://www.aibill.va.gov/. The Department of Veterans
Affairs has not yet finalized applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The UF Office of
Veterans Affairs will keep you apprised of these updates as they are released by email
and through our website.

Are There Other Benefits Student Veterans Are Eligible For?
Yes! The VA has many benefit programs for new veterans. For example, veterans of
operations Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom are entitled to 5 years of free health
coverage through the VA, as well as disability compensation, affordable life insurance,
and a home loan guarantee. Also, the Malcolm Randall VA Medical Center offers
several counseling programs to assist new veterans and their significant others. In
addition, the Florida State Department of Veterans Affairs has some benefits for which
you may be eligible.

For more information, contact an officer in the Collegiate Veterans Society, either at
the Office of Veterans Affairs or at their weekly meetings (see information below).

Student Veteran Organizations
Collegiate Veterans Society
Meeting Time: Fridays at 11:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: 1st Floor Conference Room, Tigert Hall
Contact: Justin Levine, jblevine@ufl.edu

Omega Delta Sigma Veterans Fraternity
Meeting Time: Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
Meeting Place: ROTC Building, 2nd Floor
Contact: Andrew J Kisz, ufkisz@ufl.edu

For archived newsletters, please access: http://registrar.ufl.edu/va/news.html

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