CSU, Chico News

New Veterans Center Offers Transition Services

Date: 04-06-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Larry Langwell
Veterans Affairs Coordinator

A new facility, the Center for Veteran Education and Transition Services (VETS), is now open in Siskiyou 103 at California State University, Chico. The center provides a safe place where student veterans can find important information about veteran issues and benefits, connect with veteran-specific community agencies and services, receive and provide peer support and mentoring, and enjoy the camaraderie of the veteran culture in a relaxed atmosphere on campus.

This new service environment is in addition to the Office of Veterans’ Affairs (OVA), located in Student Services Center 220, which has been operating on campus for more than 40 years as part of the Student Records Office. OVA administers educational benefits in the form of six federal programs and one state program to more than 300 student veterans and 300 students who are dependents of veterans.

“In addition to other services, the center is a place for veterans to come and share and enjoy their unique culture or just talk to others,” said Larry Langwell, coordinator of Veterans Affairs. “Veterans use it for surfing the Internet, listening to music or participating in intellectual conversations with other student veterans.”

These centers are opening on campuses across the nation, said Langwell, and are considered essential to the success of the student veterans who are returning to rebuild their civilian lives. “Student veterans need to transition into a college environment that is very different from the military structure. The Chico State Student Veteran Organization proposed the need for this space and the university administration was able to oblige,” said Langwell.

A veteran and a Chico State alum, Langwell said that he works through the campus Veteran Education Support Team to build a meaningful network of services that supports the success of student veterans.

This new facility is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. An official opening will be scheduled soon.

For more information, contact Langwell at 530-898-5911 or e-mail him at LLangwell@csuchico.edu.