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Shinseki talks VetSuccess with UH leaders

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VA Secretary Eric Shinseki met with UH leaders. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki met with UH leaders.
The Mobile Veterans Center was at UH Manoa today. The Mobile Veterans Center was at UH Manoa today.
MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

United States Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki discussed UH Manoa's new VetSuccess program with UH System Interim President David Lassner and other campus leaders today.

UH Manoa is one of 62 schools to receive the new program this year. The addition brings the total up to 94 schools around the nation.

The VetSuccess on Campus program allows Veteran students to have access to a counselor that educates them on possible VA benefits and assists with transition into school. It is a collaborative program between the Office of Veterans Affairs and the respective college.

"Today we discussed ways in which we can best support student veterans from the moment they step on a campus – wherever that campus is – until the walk across a stage at their graduation," Shinseki said.

UH Manoa is excited to bring the program to its campus. It has already hired a counselor to work in its VetSuccess office.

THE GI BILL

The GI Bill, established in 1944, was greatly enhanced in 2009. The Post-9/11 GI Bill not only pays the tuition for Veterans and their dependents but also housing, books and supplies for qualified individuals. In four years, it has helped nearly one million people attend school paying $27.6 million per day to its students.

"The talented student veterans here in Hawaii will soon enter the labor force," Shinseki said. "Not only do veterans make good employees who possess character, team building skills, discipline – but they also bring with them exceptional leadership." 

MOBILE VETERANS CENTER

Also today, a Mobile Veterans Center was available on campus for students interested in learning more about possible VA benefits. It was located on Legacy Path at the UH Manoa campus.

"It's been really busy which is good and bad because we're reaching out to the folks that need it – but we're still not reaching everybody," Veterans Outreach Specialist Stephanie Brown said. "When the semester begins we're here and then in September and October we're here once a month at a lot of the UH schools.

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Lacy Deniz contributed to this article.