Veterans Affairs

BridgeValley Community and Technical College would like to thank you for your service to our country.  We are a committed institution and would like to repay you for all your sacrifices and serve your educational needs in every way we can by making sure you receive every possible opportunity.  We offer a wide range of majors and programs that can help lead to your success.

UPCOMING EVENTS FOR THE FALL 2017 SEMESTER:

  • September 6, 2017:  Vittles for Veterans - Montgomery Campus - Room 402 Davis Hall (10:00-1:00)
  • September 7, 2017:  Vittles for Veterans - South Charleston Campus - Room 021 B2000 (10:00-1:00)
  • September 18, 2017:  VA Workshop - Montgomery Campus - Room 305 Davis Hall   (1:00-2:00)
  • September 19, 2017:  VA Workshop - South Charleston Campus - Room 322 B2000  (10:00-11:00)
  • September 27, 2017:  VA Workshop - Montgomery Campus - Room 508 Davis Hall (10:00-11:00)
  • September 28, 2017:  VA Workshop - South Charleston Campus - Room 006 B2000 (1:00-2:00)
  • October 23, 2017:  "RED" Day  - Montgomery Campus - Davis Hall Lobby (11:00-1:00)
  • October 24, 2017:  "RED" Day - South Charleston Campus - B2000 Foyer (11:00-1:00)
  • November 9, 2017:  Veterans Day Celebration/Luncheon - Montgomery Campus - Davis Hall Lobby; South Charleston Campus - B2000 Foyer (12:00-1:30)
  • December 5, 2017:  Holidays for Heroes - South Charleston Campus - B2000 Foyer (10:00-1:00)
  • December 6, 2017:  Holidays for Heroes - Montgomery Campus - Davis Hall Loby (10:00-1:00)

 

Facts about BridgeValley's Veterans (Spring 2017):

  • 60 Veterans certified and receiving VA Benefits
  • GPA: 2.58 (C+ average)
  • Class passing rate: 80.44%
  • 33 members in the Veterans Club
  • Veterans Lounges/Space located on both campuses

To start the process to apply for benefits, complete the application for VA Education Benefits at: vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.aspOnce you are approved, the Veterans Administration will send you a “Certificate of Eligibility”. You will need to bring a copy of your “Certificate of Eligibility" to Misi Lair, Director of Veteran and Military Affairs, or James McDougle, Dean of Students. 

Benefits Available

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill: The Post-9/11 GI Bill is for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The Post-9/11 GI Bill will become effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. Apply at www.gibill.va.gov
  • Yellow Ribbon Program Participant: Those receiving the maximum benefit from the Post 9/11 GI Bill can receive additional funding to cover the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees. BridgeValley Community and Technical College has agreed to waive 50% of this difference, and the Veterans Administration will pay the remaining balance. This means that those students eligible for the maximum Post 9/11 GI Bill should not have to pay any tuition and fees out-of-pocket.
  • Montgomery GI Bill/Chapter 30: (active duty or non-active duty) must have served in the United States Armed Forces for period of two to four years and have been HONORABLY discharged prior to returning to school.
  • Montgomery GI Bill/Chapter 1606: (selected reserve) must have you completed Basic Training and AIT and are now assigned to a Reserve and/or West Virginia National Guard Unit. Please submit copy of DD214 and NOBE (Notice of Basic Eligibility). The NOBE is available from your assigned unit.
  • Montgomery GI Bill Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) called or ordered to active duty in response to war or national emergency (Contingency Operation) as declared by the President or Congress. This new program makes certain reservists, who are activated for at least 90 days after September 11, 2001, either eligible for education benefits or eligible for increased benefits.
  • VA Vocational Rehabilitation/Chapter 31: (disabled Veterans) must make application with case worker and have disability rated. Veterans Certifying Official will receive Authorization and Certification of Entrance or Re-Entrance into Rehabilitation and Certification of Status.
  • Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program/Chapter 35: (for dependents and spouses of 100 % disabled or deceased Veterans) must complete Form 22-5490 and submit to Department of Veterans Affairs. Once a claim is established a Certificate of Eligibility will be issued to the dependent/spouse. The student should then make an appointment to see the Veterans Certifying Official.

Work-Study Program: 

All students eligible for Chapter 30, 31, 35 and 1606 benefits are eligible to apply for VA Work Study. 

Required forms can be found at: http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/workstudy.asp

Reserve or National Guard Tuition Assistance:

Available Tutoring Services and Testing Center:

The mission of the Student Success Center is to provide effective academic assistance, professional testing, student assessment services, tutorial services and academic advising that will ensure success for all students at BridgeValley Community & Technical College. 

VA's One Year Retroactive Award Rule:

VA's one year retroactive rule is available to students/trainees/apprentices that are considering using the GI Bill.  The VA will only pay retroactive one year back from the date of the claim.  For VA education and OJT/Apprenticeship programs, that's generally the date of the certification of enrollment/training.  If the student/trainee/apprentice is pursuing several terms of education or months of training/employment before actually coming to you to get certified, that student/trainee/apprentice runs the risk of the VA not paying for any term beginning more than one year prior to your certification. 

Contact:

Misi Lair, Director of Veteran and Military Affairs
Room 402 Davis Hall Montgomery: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Room 032F B2000 South Charleston: Tuesday & Thursday
304.734.6620

Misi.lair@bridgevalley.edu