Mason to Host Veterans Conference

Posted: October 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm

By Erin Cushing

American flagMason has been nationally recognized for several years as a military-friendly school, and the services provided by the university’s Office of Military Services and the student Veterans Society are part of the reason. The university will continue to demonstrate this dedication by hosting the Veteran Affairs Benefits Seminar and Community Symposium on Sunday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event, which will take place in the Johnson Center on the Fairfax Campus, is geared toward educating current and prospective student veterans and their families about their higher education options and their military benefits. The symposium will be open to the greater Fairfax area’s military, including Mason’s student veterans.

“This is an exceptional opportunity for all veterans to learn about the array of services, from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to local community support agencies, including Mason,” says Jennifer Connors, director of the Office of Military Services.

The benefits seminar will feature an overview of VA benefits presented by the Disabled American Veterans, while Mason’s Office of Military Services will discuss the education benefits available to military veterans, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill. They will also explore the topic of transitioning successfully from military to civilian and student life.

The benefits seminar will close with a presentation by Laurie Slone, the associate director for information and communication of the VA National Center for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder). She will discuss PTSD in general, as well as effective treatment options and models for reintegrating individuals affected by PTSD back into the community.

Booths will be set up by various community service organizations, and complimentary health screenings for veterans will be available.

During the symposium, campus tours will be offered to prospective student veterans and their families as well as current students interested in learning more about Mason’s services.

Michael Lillie, president of the Veterans Society of George Mason University, has invited three regiments of active-duty wounded warriors stationed in Fort Belvoir and Quantico to participate in all of the events. However, organizers stress that the seminar will be valuable to a wide range of community members.

“This event will benefit everyone who is wearing the uniform, has worn the uniform, will wear the uniform or has a heart to support those in uniform,” says Lillie.

Register for the seminar online at the Veterans Society website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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