Veterans Success Center

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Veterans Success Center

Helping Our Veteran Community Integrate into Educational Life

The Veterans Success Center is a centralized place at Sierra College for veterans, military members, and their dependents. We understand that the transition from military to college life can be challenging, so we are committed to providing the best assistance in appreciation for your sacrifice and service. We can help with everything from processing your educational benefits to connecting you with resources and services offered at Sierra College and in our community.

We’re proud to be ranked #2 in California and #20 in the nation on Military Times' "Best for Vets: Colleges 2020” list.


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Veteran receiving help from Veterans Success Center

At the Veterans Success Center, we can help:

  • Provide information regarding VA education benefits, plus we have VA Certifying Officials who can initiate and process VA education benefits, including evaluating your military transcripts and Department of Defense Form 214 for college credit
  • Assist with the Sierra College application and registration process
  • Evaluate your military transcripts and Department of Defense Form 214 for college credit and establish priority registration for qualified Veterans who provide a DD Form 214 or military ID
  • Provide a dedicated Veterans Success Center counselor and peer mentors who understand and are committed to our veterans’ needs and your educational progress so you can meet your goals
  • Offer information about the various resources and services offered on- and off-campus
  • Provide assistive technology, and computers and printer access in a designated study area for veterans

Sierra College Veteran Resources

The following VSC and INDOC orientation forms are a reference tool only so you can review which chapter benefits you are eligible for and also use for a checklist. Do not fill out the VSC or INDOC form yourself. It is mandatory to complete the VSC and INDOC forms in our office with one of our work-study staff who will walk you through the orientation process so you can use your military benefits at Sierra College. 

Veterans Success Center (VSC) Forms

Orientation Forms

  • Chapter 30 – Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)
    Program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. Generally, eligibility is for 10 years following a veteran's release from active duty. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses. The monthly benefit paid is based on the type of training taken, length of service, and whether the Department of Defense (DOD) has put extra money into the veteran’s MGIB fund (aka “kicker”).

  • Chapter 1606 – Montgomery GI Bill: Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
    Program may be available to a veteran who is a member of the selected reserve (Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and Air National Guard) and provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, cooperative training, independent study programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, vocational flight training programs, and correspondence courses. Remedial, refresher, and deficiency training are available under special circumstances.

  • Chapter 31 – Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (VR&E)
    Program is designed to help veterans with service-connected disabilities rated 20% or higher by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. The primary goal of the program is to train disabled veterans for appropriate employment. Program services generally last up to 48 months but can be extended in certain circumstances.

  • Chapter 33 – Post 9/11 GI Bill
    Program provides financial support for education, housing, plus other benefits to eligible individuals. A veteran may receive up to 36 months of education benefits. Veterans may be eligible if they have at least 90 days of active service on or after September 11, 2001, or were discharged with a USDVA service-connected disability after 30 days. Veterans must have also received an honorable or medical discharge for eligibility. Percentage of tuition, monthly housing allowance, and books stipend are based upon the type of training taken and the veterans' length of service. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses.

  • Chapter 33 - Transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits to Dependents (Transfer of Entitlement – TOE)
    Program is offered to some service members who are eligible to transfer their GI Bill to their spouse or children. Any Armed Forces service member (active duty or selected reserve, officer or enlisted) on or after August 1, 2009, who is eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, and meets one of the following may transfer their entitlement to their spouse, one or more of the individual’s children, or any combination of spouse and child:
    • At least 6 years of service on date of election and agrees to serve 4 additional years from that date.
    • At least 10 years of service (active duty and/or selected reserve) on the date of election.
    • Is or becomes retirement-eligible and agrees to serve an additional 4 years of service on or after August 1, 2012.

  • Chapter 33 – Fry Scholarship (Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship)
    Program is available to children and dependents of veterans whose sponsor was an active-duty service member who died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001. Eligible individual’s may receive up to 36 months of educational benefits. Percentage of tuition, monthly housing allowance, and books stipend are based upon the type of training taken and the veteran's length of service. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and correspondence courses.

  • Chapter 35 – Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
    Program offers dependents up to 36 months of educational benefits. Education and training opportunities are available to dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled with a USDVA rating of 100% due to a service-related condition, or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training. Spouses may take a correspondence course. Remedial, refresher, and deficiency training are available under special circumstances.

A veteran will receive 5 units of basic military training credit toward an associate’s degree if they have:

  • Been on active duty one year or longer and
  • Received an honorable discharge

Credit will not transfer to a four-year university and will have no bearing on the student’s GPA. A DD-214 with an honorable discharge can be submitted to Admission and Records or the Veterans Success Center.

Community Resources

Placer County Veteran Services

Assists with service-connected disability compensation, re-evaluation increases, dependency indemnity compensation (DIC) for surviving spouse and children, pension for war-era veterans, death pension for surviving spouse and children, dependent allowances, housebound and aid and attendance (A&A) allowance, California Yountville Veterans Home admissions, and request and correction of military records. 

Contact: Derrick Oliveira, Assistant Veteran Service Officer (VSO)
Address: 1000 Sunset Blvd Ste 115, Rocklin, CA 95765
Phone: (916) 780-3290
Email: doliveira@placer.ca.gov

Volunteers of America - Supportive Services for Veterans and Families
This program works with veterans to help them get off the street and placed into their own stable and secure housing through their Rapid re-housing program or their preventive services. They offer soft case management, monthly budgeting skills training, and housing stabilization planning. General qualifications include: must have a photo ID, DD-214, proof of income, Honorable Discharge, be a Veteran, and be at-risk or at immediate risk of becoming homeless. Find out if you qualify.

Address: 10636 Schirra Ave, Mather, CA 95670
Phone:(916) 228-3153

Sacramento Veterans Resource Center
The center offers veteran employment assistance training programs and training, a two-year veterans' transitional housing program for men and women, and advocates for veterans' rent and veterans' utility assistance. 

The center also advocates for 90-day veterans drug rehab and alcohol treatment programs for men and women, and offers the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) to help homeless veterans find work and gain training at the center.

Address: 7270 East Southgate Drive, Sacramento, CA 95823
Phone: (916) 393-8387

Sacramento Steps Forward
This agency is helping to ensure that individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the Sacramento region have access to housing, employment, health, education, and other resources necessary for economic stability and improved quality of life.

Address: 1331 Garden Highway, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: 916.577.9770
E-Mail: info@sacstepsforward.org

VA Mather Sacramento Mental Health Clinic

Psychiatric, psychological assessments and interventions, including individual and group psychotherapy, medication management, substance abuse treatment and a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment program.

Address: 10535 Hospital Way, Building 649, Sacramento, CA 95655
Phone: (800) 382-8387 or (916) 366-5420

Sacramento and Citrus Heights Vet Centers

The Centers offer readjustment counseling, which includes a wide range of psycho-social services for eligible veterans and their families to help them successfully transition from military to civilian life. 

Services provided include:

  • Individual and group counseling for veterans and their families
  • Family counseling for military-related issues
  • Bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death
  • Military sexual trauma counseling and referral
  • Outreach and education, including post-deployment health reassessment (PDHRA), community events, etc.
  • Substance abuse assessment and referral
  • Employment assessment and referral
  • VBA benefits explanation and referral
  • Screening and referral for medical issues including depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI), etc.

Sacramento Vet Center
1111 Howe Avenue, Suite 390, Sacramento, CA 95825
Phone: (916) 566-7430

Citrus Heights Vet Center
5650 Sunrise Blvd., Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Phone: (916) 535-0420

VA OEF/OIF/OND Transition Patient Advocates

The VA Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)/Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)/Operation New Dawn (OND) Transition Patient Advocates assist returning veterans by providing information on benefits and eligibility and facilitate a smoother transition to civilian life while ensuring veterans are treated fairly in all matters involving the VA.

Contact: Alfred C. Sims, MSc, CPP, Transition Patient Advocate
VA Northern California Health Care System
Email: Alfred.Sims@va.gov
Phone: (916) 843-9166

Women’s Health Clinic at Sacramento VA Medical Center

Women who have served in the Armed Forces are eligible for a variety of veterans' benefits. The VA actively encourages women to use their benefits. The Northern California Healthcare System (NCHCS) Women's Health Program provides services and facilities in 10 locations to meet the unique needs of female veterans. 

Contact: Rebecca Stallworth, Social Worker, Women Health Program
rebecca.stallworth@va.gov
(916) 366-5453

Women Veterans Alliance

The Alliance focuses on the quality of life of women veterans by transforming the way the community networks to bring people and programs directly together through an energetic grass roots platform

Contact: Melissa Washington, Navy Veteran
President/Founder, Women Veterans Alliance and a 100% woman, service-disabled veteran-owned small business
Phone: (916) 253.7357
Email: melissawash@gmail.com

Contact

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