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Military Students

For questions about GI Bill Benefits and other aid for Veterans at Thomas University, please view the Financial Aid for Veterans page at: http://www.thomasu.edu/Content/Default/12/903/0/financial-aid/aid-for-veterans.html

Thomas University Veterans Scholarship

For Questions about Veteran/GI Bill Benefits:

  • You can send the VA a secure email that will usually be answered within 48 hours.  You can also search for answers to frequently asked questions and register to be notified of any updates to the information.  This contact method is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can also be utilized worldwide.  Click here to enter the "Ask A Question" site or here to review frequently asked questions.
  • You can call 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).  This line only accepts calls from 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM central time Monday — Friday, though you are able to schedule a call back from a Customer Service Representative.
  • Thanks to VA’s new GI Bill® Comparison Tool, you can now find information online about Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the schools and training programs available to education beneficiaries. The new comparison tool makes it easy to estimate Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits with just one click.
  • All Veterans receiving any type of military/VA benefits should apply for an eBenefits account for faster more accurate access to your information.  Apply online at www.ebenefits.va.gov.

Career help for Veterans is available through:

VA for Vets at www.vaforvets.va.gov.

VA for Vets helps Veterans and transitioning Military Service Members find federal or non-profit careers. The VA for Vets Career Center tools provide opportunities to translate military skills, build federal resumes and search and apply for open positions. VA for Vets is the flagship initiative of the Veteran Employment Services Office (VESO).

Operation: Workforce for Georgia Veterans at www.operationworkforce.com

There are over 100,000 job openings in Georgia. It is time to start connecting our service members with these opportunities for the benefit of our community, our businesses and Georgia. The Governor’s Office of Workforce Development and other state agencies are committed to putting Georgia’s veterans back to work.

Employ Florida Vets for Florida Veterans at www.employflorida.com/portals/veteran/

This web portal is a gateway to information and resource links that will assist veterans, veterans' families and employers in accomplishing their employment goals
The gibill.va.gov's Career Center, a service of the department of veterans affairs and the department of defense, is an online service for searching private sector and federal job positions.  

Military Times – http://www.militarytimes.com/

Military Times is an online magazine that is one-stop-shop for military veterans in search of the latest military news from Washington and the Pentagon. This site also contains sections for veterans in seeking information about job openings and career development.

Resources Georgia Department of Veteran’s Service – http://veterans.georgia.gov/

The website for the GDVS is an excellent resource for Georgia veterans. It provides an exhaustive section for state benefits and an equally excellent FAQ section for more common questions. Additionally, there is a section included that provides the latest military news for veterans living in Georgia.

National Resource Directory – https://www.nrd.gov/

The NRD connects Wounded Warriors, service members, veterans, their families and caregivers with those who support them. If you have a question regarding your benefits and compensation, need education and training, employment, or family and caregiver support, please visit this site to access the national directory.

SALUTE National Honor Society – http://www.salute.colostate.edu/

The SALUTE HONOR SOCIETY (Service – Academics – Leadership – Unity – Tribute – Excellence) is an honor society, made possible by a generous grant from the American Council on Education/Wal-Mart Foundation, dedicated to recognizing military and veteran students who have displayed outstanding performance in the classroom. This extraordinary honor society is now one of the honor societies recognized at Thomas University, and only honor society for veterans. The SALUTE Honor Society defines a veteran as any active duty service member, National Guard, or reserve, who has been honorably discharged, regardless of time served or participation in armed conflict.

To be considered for membership, you must have a minimum of 12 credit hours of college coursework, and have a minimum cumulative 3.0 (based on a 4.0 system). The cumulative GPA includes ALL college coursework from ALL institutions attended. Additionally, SALUTE has four tiers in which a veteran student may qualify. They are:

Alpha    3.75 — 4.00
Bravo    3.50 — 3. 74
Charlie  3.25 — 3.49
Delta     3.00 — 3.24

Additionally, the student veteran must submit a DD-214 Certificate of Release (Member — 4) or Discharge from Active Duty or a copy of military orders.

Unique to other honor societies, SALUTE allows members to move up in “rank” between the tiers. For example, if a veteran student is inducted as a Delta member, when he or she raises their GPA to a higher tier, the SALUTE member is recognized.

The SALUTE induction will be held every April before commencement. SALUTE members will be given a challenge coin, a certificate of membership in SALUTE, and a red/white/blue braided honor cord to be worn with his or her graduation regalia.

For more information, please contact the Thomas University SALUTE advisor Jen Lindquist (229)226-1621 ext. 1063 or email jlindquist@thomasu.edu.  

Student Veterans of America - http://www.studentveterans.org/

The mission of the SVA is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. SVA is a 501(c)(3) coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the globe. These member chapters are the "boots on the ground” that help veterans reintegrate into campus life and succeed academically. Each chapter must be an officially recognized student group by their university or college and provide a peer-to-peer network for veterans who are attending the school. Additionally, chapters often coordinate campus activities, provide pre-professional networking, and generally provide a touchstone for student veterans in higher education. 

For more information on how you can become a Thomas University chapter member of SVA, please contact Staff Sgt. (Ret) Michael Morabito — michael.morabito@student.thomasu.edu

This issue’s spotlight on veterans features Jessica Mobley. Jessica is a junior majoring in business and is currently in her fourth semester at TU. Jessica is originally from Laurel, Maryland, which is a suburb of Washington D.C. and Baltimore, but currently resides in Colquitt with her husband and 2 young boys, ages 2 and 4.

Jessica MobleyJessica graduated from high school in 2005 and joined the Air Force in 2007. She attended basic training in San Antonio, Texas at Lackland Air Force Base. Jessica attended more training at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi, but was based mostly at the Grand Forks Air Force Base in Grand Forks, North Dakota. Amazingly, she met her future husband on her first day at work! While serving in the U.S. Air Force, Jessica’s AFSC was 1C751- Airfield Management Shift Leader. She managed everything that took place on the airfield including overseeing construction projects, general airfield safety, wildlife management, and all aircraft departing and arriving on base.

When asked of her overall impression of serving in the military, Jessica offered the following advice: “Anyone who is capable of joining the military [should do so because] some of the things you learn in the military are things you can’t learn anywhere else. It makes you grow up, it teaches you how to follow orders and be a leader. Even leaders have to follow orders. It was the best experience of my life.” Jessica chose to serve because she comes from a big military family. She knew she was going to join the military even before she entered high school because she knew she couldn’t afford college unless she joined. She also had a strong desire to do her part in serving the country.

Jessica loves attending TU because of the small class sizes. Before she even moved to Georgia, she knew that TU was one of the top military friendly schools, and to her that was a big plus in choosing TU.

We love that Jessica attends TU, too!