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Helping Our Veteran Community Integrate into Educational Life

Eastern Arizona College is proud to announce The Veterans Support Center. A centralized place for veterans, military members, and their dependents. We understand that the transition from military to college life can be challenging, so we are committed to providing the best assistance in appreciation for your sacrifice and service. We can help with everything from processing your educational benefits, filling out veteran paperwork, FAFSA and connecting you with resources and services offered at EAC and in our community.

Eastern Arizona College has made it our goal to provide our veteran students with a smooth transition process. We acknowledge the sacrifice made by our men and women service members and the difficulties attributed with making this transition. To ease these complications, we are committed to informing, advising, and assisting veterans, active military, their dependents/spouses, or survivors to provide the tools and assistance necessary to achieve academic success.

Lauri Windsor is the VA representative and available to guide veteran students on the steps needed to fully utilize their educational benefits, including completing certain requests and application forms to obtain education benefits. We have collaborated with several EAC departments to ensure that veterans are able to use the many on-campus resources available to them, providing more of a one stop shop and pathway to success.

At the Veterans Support Center, we can help:

  • Provide information regarding VA education benefits
  • Assist with filling out VA Education Benefit Application, order your Joint Service Transcripts and other academic transcripts
  • Assist with the Eastern Arizona College application and registration process
  • Provide a dedicated Veterans Support Center counselor, academic counselor and tutors who understand and are committed to our veterans’ needs and your educational progress so you can meet your goals
  • Offer information about the various resources and services offered on and off campus
  • Provide technology, and computers and printer access in a designated study area for veterans

VA Chapters and Benefits

Your membership in the US armed forces may qualify you and your dependents for one or more of the Veterans Administration educational benefits.

The service member/veteran educational programs are mandated under Titles 38, 32 and 10 US code. It is important for you to know which chapter you fall under so that you will know what benefits are available to you.

Chapter 33- Post-9/11 GI Bill®

  • Chapter 33 provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for Chapter 33. This benefit provides up to 36 months of education benefits and benefits can be transferred to dependents. Some of the benefits of the Post- 9/11 GI Bill go towards tuition and fees, a monthly housing allowance, books and supplies, and a one-time rural benefit payment. Individuals serving an aggregate period of active duty after Sept. 10, 2001.
  • To review percentages based on length of service, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch33_pamphlet.pdf.

Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Assistance

Montgomery GI Bill

You may be eligible for benefits through one of our 2 Montgomery GI Bill programs. Chapter 30- Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) You can get benefits through MGIB-AD if you served at least 2 years on active duty and you meet all of these requirements. All of these must be true:

  • You were honorably discharged, and
  • You have a high school diploma, GED, or 12 hours of college credit, and
  • You meet other requirements

Chapter 30 provides up to 36 months of education benefits to eligible veterans. If you are currently in service, you may be eligible after 2 years of active duty. Those who entered active duty for the first time after June 30, 1985, received a high school diploma or equivalent before the end of your first obligated period of service and received an honorable discharge may also be eligible. The amount awarded is based on the type of training you take, length of service, your category, and if DOD put extra money in your MGIB fund. You have about 10 years to use these benefits. For more information on the current full-time rate for those with three or more years of service and enrolled in an institutional program, please go to VA Pamphlet 22-90-2 or visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_ad.asp.

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

You can get benefits through MGIB-SR if you’re a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard Reserves, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard, and you meet all of these requirements.

    All of these must be true:
  • You have either a 6-year service obligation (you agreed to serve 6 years) in the Selected Service, or
  • You’re an officer in the Selected Reserve who agreed to serve 6 years in addition to your initial service obligation, and
  • You meet other requirements

Chapter 31- Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits

  • Chapter 31 is a program designed to help veterans with ser
  • vice-connected disabilities become suitably employed, maintain employment, or achieve independence in daily living. Services generally last up to 48 months and include counseling, education and training, financial aid, assistance, and, if needed, medical treatment. Eligibility is available for those who served on or after September 16, 1940, those with service-connected disabilities are rated at least 20% by the VA, you need Vocational Rehabilitation to overcome an employment handicap, and it has been less than 12 years since the VA notified you of your qualified SCD.
  • For more information: http://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/serviceconnected/Ch31FactSheet.pdf.

    Chapter 32: Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) VEAP

  • Chapter 32 is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. The government matches your contributions on a 2-for-1 basis. You must have entered service for the first time between Jan. 1, 1977, and June 30, 1985.
  • For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/veap.asp. Chapter 35 Survivors and Dependents Assistance
  • There are two main GI Bill programs offering education assistance to survivors and dependents of Veterans.
  • For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp. Chapter 1606 - Reserve GI Bill
  • Any person who enlists, re-enlists, or extends an enlistment in the Selective Reserve for not less than 6 years, in addition to any other period of obligation after June 30, 1985, and completed high school of GED, IADT, 180 days of service in the selective reserve and is satisfactorily participating in require training in the selective reserve.
  • For more information on the Reserve GI Bill, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_sr.asp.

Chapter 1607 - Activated Reservists After September 11, 2001

Certain reservists who were activated after September 11, 2001, may either be eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits. For more information on Chapter 1607, please visit http://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/education/CH1607.pdf.


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Eastern Arizona College (formerly Gila College) has always been supportive and responsive to our military. During World War II, EAC operated a civilian flight school preparing pilots for service in the armed forces. Even before the United States entered the war, pilots were being trained in expectation of our being involved. The dorm now named after Wesley Taylor served as the cadet barracks. Here are some pictures from the 1941 and 1942 yearbooks.

Lauri Windsor
Veteran Specialist/School Certifying Official

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