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Summer 2018

VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER

We have a “green light” for the West Virginia University Veterans Resource Center (VRC)!

Thanks to hardworking faculty and staff – especially the Office of the Provost – the VRC is scheduled to open during the fall 2018 semester.

All veterans are welcome, including students, faculty, staff and visitors.

The VRC will be a 2,500 square foot facility and one of the best – if not the top-rated – VRC in the country.

The VRC will include:

  • Veterans Certifying Officials,
  • a Veterans Success Coach,
  • an on-site counselor, and
  • VISTA volunteers,
  • study areas and tables,
  • a tutoring area,
  • an X-Box or PlayStation 4,
  • a dart board,
  • a coffee bar,
  • an information center,
  • musical instruments (after hours), and
  • a lounge area.

Invited guests who will visit the VRC on a rotating basis include:

  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials,
  • West Virginia Veterans Upward Bound representatives,
  • campus Lutheran Ministry, and
  • on-site tutors.

WVU VETERANS WELCOME BACK WEEKEND

The Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design and the Office of WVU Veterans Affairs will host a “Veterans Welcome Back Weekend” for student veterans on Aug. 24 and 25. The event is made possible through the generous support of Adventure WV and various other WVU departments as well as local businesses.

The event is presented by veterans for veterans and designed to build a sense of community among WVU student veterans and their families and help them learn about the programs and services available to support their transition from the military into college life. Activities include:

Information Sessions and Dinner:

  • When: Friday August 24. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Where: WVU Natural Resources Conference Center*
  • * Bus transportation will be available.

Outdoor Adventure Activities:

  • When: Saturday, August 25. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.*
  • Where: Adventure WV Outdoor Education Center
  • * Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Visit https://adventurechallenge.wvu.edu/veterans-welcome-back for more information.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to sign up today at https://adventurechallenge.wvu.edu/veterans- welcome-back/registration.

EMPLOYMENT

BACKGROUND:

The Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 provided for non-competitive appointments leading to a career or career-conditional employment of a disabled veteran who has a compensable service-connected disability of 30 % or more.

This appointment is separate from the Veteran's Readjustment Appointment (VRA) and Schedule A hiring authorities, and this appointment has different requirements than those for the VRA and Schedule A for handicapped applicants.

Under this authority, veterans may be given temporary or term appointments not exceeding 60 days to any position for which they qualify. After demonstrating satisfactory performance, the veteran may be non-competitively converted to a career- conditional appointment.

INTENDED PURPOSE:

Non-competitive hiring authority for 30% or more disabled veterans to any position/grade for which they qualify.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • You must be a veteran who has left active military service with a compensable service- connected disability of 30% or more, certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • You must have proof of military service, DD- 214, as well as VA certification of the compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more is required.

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS:

Full-employee benefits

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT ACT

On October 31, 1998, President Clinton signed the Veterans’ Employment Opportunity Act of 1998.

As a result of this act, as amended by the Veterans Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act, public Law 106-117, Office of Personnel Management (OPM) created a new career conditional/career appointing authority for veterans that became effective on March 17, 2000. Appointments under this authority are subject to the basic qualification standards established by OPM.

The primary purpose of the authority is to allow eligible veterans an opportunity to apply for positions under merit promotion procedures when the agency has opened the vacancy to outside candidates.

Veterans who are eligible to be considered for the position must be rated and ranked along with eligible SSA employees and status eligible.

Veterans who meet the cutoff for the well-/best- qualified lists must be referred on those lists.

Veterans who are considered under these merit promotion procedures do not receive additional points for veterans’ preference; they do not rise to the top of the list if they have compensable disabilities; and they do not have to be selected before lower scoring non-veterans.

UNEMPLOYMENT SUPPORT

According to the vets.gov website, any military member who cannot find a job after separating from the service may be eligible for unemployment benefits. The basic requirements for veterans are:

  • No longer on terminal leave,
  • actively seeking employment, and
  • honorably discharged from active duty.

For more information, visit https://www.vets.gov/employment/job- seekers/unemployment-support.

FALL, SPRING AND SUMMER CLASSES

Any adjustment to your class schedule might change your benefits.

Keep in mind that the VA pays according to the number of degree pursuant classes that make up your schedule.

If you adjust your schedule – regardless of the semester – and it drops your degree pursuant hours, then the VA will ask for that amount to be repaid – going back to the beginning of the semester.

Please call us, your Veterans Affairs Office, if you need clarification. We do place “holds” on your account; however, this is for your financial protection.

Call us with your questions at (304) 293-8825.

MOUNTAINEER FOOTBALL

Veterans are scheduled to be recognized during the WVU vs. TCU football game on Saturday, Nov.10t. Details will follow as soon as we receive them.

Office of WVU Veterans Affairs
G31 Mountainlair
PO Box 6898
Morgantown, WV 26506
Phone: (304) 293-8825
Fax: 304-293-7024
Email: veterans@mail.wvu.edu

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