Published: January 21, 2011
HAMPTON, Va. — Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Veterans Affairs Office invites veterans throughout the region and the community to an information session on Tuesday, January 25 to introduce a Veterans Center scheduled to soon begin at TNCC’s Hampton campus. The session takes place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Dr. Mary T. Christian Auditorium in Templin Hall on the Hampton campus and features presenter Jamar Blyther, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Readjustment Counseling Technician.
Blyther will discuss services that veterans centers provide and give audience members an opportunity to ask questions. TNCC’s Veterans Affairs Coordinator Tim Freeman will also be available to answer questions about the College’s educational offerings for active duty and retired service members.
TNCC’s Veterans Center will be the only one of its kind on the Peninsula, according to Freeman, who noted that centers currently operate in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Richmond, Roanoke and Alexandria. The centers specialize in helping veterans and their family members cope with readjustment problems related to the military-to-civilian transition. This includes but is not limited to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Only 10 percent of this region’s large veteran population understands the benefits to which they are entitled, said Blyther. Hence, the need for a vehicle that connects veterans with the right community resources to meet their needs. “Most veterans know about Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals and medical centers but still are not aware of all the benefits that exist for them or even how to access certain types of services. Our centers bridge the gap where healthcare leaves off by putting veterans in touch with community agencies for services like mental health care, individual or family/group counseling, disability claims assistance, personal finance management and educational services,” he added.
Working with Blyther, Freeman piloted TNCC’s Veterans Center at the Historic Triangle campus in Williamsburg last October. It runs twice a month with representatives from Disabled American Veterans, Virginia Wounded Warriors, Virginia Employment Commission, the U.S. Department of Veterans and other agencies on site. The center being planned for the Hampton campus will follow the same model beginning in February pending availability of representatives from the various agencies, said Freeman.
For more information about the January 25 orientation, call Freeman at 825-2848. To learn more about services provided by TNCC’s Veterans Affairs Office, visit www.tncc.edu.
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