Sauk Valley Community College is offering a new service for veterans and their families.
Sauk’s Office of Counseling has partnered with area Veterans Centers to provide readjustment counseling and outreach services to all veterans that served in any combat zone. These services are provided at no cost to the veteran or the veteran’s family. The services are part of a three-point program cosponsored by the state’s community colleges and the Illinois National Guard.
Fred Weymouth, readjustment counseling therapist with the Veterans Center in Moline, will meet with veterans and/or family members by appointment at Sauk on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.
Veterans that attend Sauk are eligible for federal and state benefits. Federal benefits include the Montgomery GI BILL (Chapter 30), the Montgomery GI Bill –Selected Reserves (Chapter 1606), REAP (Chapter 1607), Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31 for veterans with a service-connected disability rating of 20 percent or higher), and Benefit for Dependents (Chapter 3, for dependents of service members that died or became permanently disabled while on active duty.
State benefits for veterans are provided through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) and the Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs. State benefits include the Illinois Veteran Grant, Illinois National Guard Grant, and the MIA/POW Scholarship.
Eligibility for all veteran educational benefit programs are determined by the federal Department of Veteran Affairs or the state institutions, not by Sauk. Sauk’s Office of Student Financial Assistance has all necessary applications. A member applying for these benefits will need to provide a copy of her or her DD Form 214. Illinois Guard and Selective reserve members must also provide a Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE).
For more information on veteran counseling services, call Tom Breed, counselor, at 815/288-5511, ext. 390, or Fred Weymouth at 309/762-6954 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information state or federal veterans benefits, call Sauk’s Office of Student Financial Aid at 815/288-5511, ext. 339.