Georgetown University is proud to serve those who have served our country. Our office serves to support the opportunities of military members accessing higher education to ensure a campus culture that cares for the entire spectrum of military students. The mission of our services is to instill the Jesuit spirit of cura personalis into everyday connections among the military community. Our website is designed to provide information on VA education benefits, financial information, and university resources to assist military students transitioning to campus life.

Georgetown University's Veterans Office serves military connected students as they apply to, attend and advance beyond Georgetown. The Veterans Office connects military students with the resources they need to successfully transition from combat to classroom to career. This includes assistance navigating the admissions process, applying for financial aid and U.S.  Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits, academic assistance, health and wellness, and preparing to re-enter the workforce. The veterans office is located in 224 Car Barn and can be reached at either (202) 687.2708 or veteranservices@georgetown.edu.

Announcements

Warrior-Scholar Project at Georgetown University
Georgetown University is collaborating with the Warrior-Scholar Project for the second year to offer a week-long bootcamp for veterans pursuing a higher education degree at a 4-year institution. The Veterans Office is honored to support Warrior-Scholar Project to provide veterans the tools to apply and be successful academically, personally, and professionally. To learn more about the program, check out the article highlighted on Georgetown University's main page.   

2016-2017 Yellow Ribbon Program
Georgetown University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Each year, institutions have the opportunity to adjust the contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Georgetown is waiting for the VA to finalize the 2016-2017 Yellow Ribbon Program contract, which we hope to know more in mid-June. Once the contract is finalized, current students using benefits will receive an email from the office and an announcement will be posted on our website. 

Graduating Military Student Exit Survey
Congratulations to those of you who recently graduated or will be graduating in the upcoming weeks at Georgetown!  It has been an honor for the Veterans Office to support you as you worked towards your academic and career goals.

To learn more about the military student population at Georgetown and to assess the services provided by the Veterans Office, please complete this brief Graduating Military Student Exit Survey.  The survey is anonymous and though it is not required, I encourage your participation. Your feedback will help the Veterans Office tailor services to meet the needs of enrolled military students at Georgetown. Thank you and best wishes on your future endeavors!

Benefits Request Form Updates
The Summer 2016 Benefits Request Form is now available for students enrolled in Summer 2016 courses and are eligible to request VA education benefits. Please be sure to complete this form once you have finalized your Summer 2016 registration. For more information about the certification process and student account policies, you can learn more here. The Fall 2016 Benefits Request Form will be available in early July 2016. Please continue to check the website around these months for further updates about a release date. 

Georgetown University Military Alumni Database
The Veterans Office is launching a Georgetown University Military Alumni Database to keep you updated on programs and initiatives happening on campus. Our office understands that your inboxes receive heavy traffic already, so communication will be limited. Your contact information will not be shared with third parties without your consent. In addition, if you are interested in mentoring current military students, you can indicate on the form this interest and our office will be able to connect you with current students who are interested in similar career fields. The form is structured that you can edit your information if your contact information or employers changes. 

Lena Landegger Community Service Award
Military Hoya, Manny Addo was awarded Lena Landegger Community Service Award. Recipients are selected based on their commitment to serve in the many communities among Georgetown University and the Washington D.C. area. Congratulations Manny!  

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary at Georgetown University
Secretary Robert McDonald visited Georgetown University on January 29, 2016 to give a presentation on "Values Based Leadership." Secretary McDonald shared his experiences that help frame the key points he believes makes an effective leader. The presentation can be applied to those with military connections and in the civilian world. To watch the presentation, you can access the link here.

Military Hoyas in the Media
Ben Brooks, SFS '16, is a dependent of a U.S. Marine and is receiving a scholarship from the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. Ben was featured in the Washington Post in an article highlighting how the Marine Corps Scholarship allowed him to excel as a student and give back to the community. 

In Memormoriam of Father Curry
It is with a heavy heart to share that Father Rick Curry, S.J. passed away on December 19, 2015. Father Curry was a beloved professor of Catholic studies and theater at Georgetown, in addition to his advocacy for military students and families in Washington D.C. Father Curry founded Dog Tag Bakery to support disabled veterans transition to a new normal and civilian employment. He will truly be missed on campus, but may his spirit and mission continue to thrive in the Georgetown community. 

Community Events
Project Rebirth--Project Cohort is launching a cohort for Georgetown military students who are transitioning out of the military in the Fall 2016. Cohort participants will be able to access resources to understand and manage health and wellness, bond with other military students facing similar challenges, and use an outdoor education trip to Minnesota in December to bond. The cohort is seeking 8-10 participants to participate in the 2016-2017 academic year. The group will consist of weekly meetings lasting about one-hour revolving around transitional themes. Interested participants please contact Blaine Campbell.

The Four Block Foundation works with transitioning student veterans attain internships and full time employment through career building workshops and networking events.  Four Block launched their Washington D.C. program and has in-residence and online programs available for veterans.  Learn more.