MSC Veterans Task Force

MSC Veterans Task Force

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The MSC Veterans Task Force is looking to help you through your college career with camaraderie and support. We hope you find the enclosed information helpful.

The Morrisville State College Veterans Task is interested in forming a veterans organization on campus, open to the entire MSC campus community. Our primary aim is one of a social nature, but overlaps into the academic support area as well. We want to raise awareness and understanding of the military/veteran experience throughout the Morrisville State College campus.

Important Campus Resources

Educational Benefits

Post 9/11 GI Bill - Chapter 33

The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with aservice-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligiblefor the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Montgomery GI Bill – Chapter 30

Generally, the Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30) assists students who entered active duty for the first time after July 1, 1985, and who agreed to have their pay reduced by $100 for 12 months. Veterans must have received an honorable discharge and active duty personnel must have served at least two years to be eligible to use their benefits.

Montgomery GI Bill – Reserves EducationalAssistance Program – Chapter 1607

REAP was established as a part of the Ronald W.Reagan National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2005. It is a new Department of Defense education benefit program designed to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) as declared by the President or Congress.

Survivors and Dependents Program –Chapter 35

Survivors and Dependents Benefits (Chapter 35)provide educational benefits to spouses and children of veterans who either died while in service,died as a result of a service-connected disability, or became totally and permanently disabled as a resultof their military service.

New York State Veterans Benefits

If you have questions, contact the Scholarship Unitat 1-888-NYSHESC (1-888-697-4372). Additional Informationis available at NYS Division of Veterans' Affairs -

Veterans Tuition Awards

Veterans Tuition Awards (VTA) are awards for fulltime study and part-time study for eligible veterans matriculated at an undergraduate or graduate degree-granting institution or in an approved vocational training program in New York State.

Military Service Recognition Scholarship

The Military Service Recognition Scholarship(MSRS) provides financial aid to children, spouses and financial dependents of members of the armed forces of the United States or state organized militia who, at any time on or after Aug. 2, 1990, while New York State residents, died or became severely and permanently disabled while engaged in hostilitiesor training for hostilities.

Additional educational benefit information can be found at:

Veterans Affairs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Extensive information on all VA related benefits and services such as Health Care, Education, Home Loans, Life Insurance, Location of facilities (includes street maps), legislation, FAQ’s, etc.

  • Benefits- 1-800-827-1000
  • Education & Training - 1-888-442-4551
  • Life Insurance - 1-800-669-8477
  • Special Issues:- 1-800-749-8387
  • Health Care - 1-877-222-VETS (8387)
  • Headstones/Markers - 1-800-697-6947
  • VA Inspector General - 1-800-488-8244
  • Suicide Prev. Hotline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • TDD - 1-800-829-4833

NYS Division of Veterans Affairs - The office provides assistance with education, employment, prop-erty tax exemptions and assistance with ap-plying for federal & state benefits. Provides counseling and advocacy for New York State Veterans and their families to ensure they re-ceive benefits granted by law for their service to New York and the nation.

333 E. Washington Street
Room 403
Syracuse NY 13202
Phone: (315) 428-4046
Contact: Anne Grugel, Sue Doan

VA Medical Center
800 Irving Ave, 1st Floor, Room 176b
Syracuse NY 13210
Phone: 315 425-4400 ext 53871
Contact: Lloyd Collins

Valuable Support Networks

Disabled American Veterans - Assistance with VA disability com-pensation and pension claims; transportation to VA hospitals and other services.

NYS Dept. of Labor - Information and assis-tance with unemployment benefits, contact infor-mation, VA Job Bank listings, career assessment and more.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) - IAVA is dedicated to educating the public about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, advocating on behalf of those who have served, and fostering a community for troops, veterans, and their families. Membership is free.

Support Troops Network - Support Troops Network of Central New York offers coun-seling, advocacy, education, referral, and support to active duty service personnel and veterans of our community, and to their families, at no cost. (315) 200-0531.

National Resource Directory - An on-line partnership for wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans, their families and those who support them. Provides access to services and resources that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.

VA Medical Center -Seamless Transition Program

The VA has set up this special program which is designed to meet the specific needs of veterans returning from Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). For eli-gibility and enrollment questions: Lisa Price (315) 425-4863. For clinical issues/questions: Peggy Daggett (315) 425-4400 x53392 or Lauren Love (315)425-3481.