Published: January 21, 2010
HAMPTON, Va. — Thomas Nelson Community College’s (TNCC) Coordinator for Veterans Affairs has been chosen to serve on the legislative committee of the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators (NAVPA). Tim Freeman was also selected to co-chair the organization’s Department of Defense liaison and received the NAVPA President’s Award for 2009.
Freeman previously served on NAVPA’s Board of Directors as education committee chair and Region II representative in 2008-2009.
Founded in 1975, NAVPA is an organization of program administrators who are employed by colleges, universities, trade schools, and apprenticeship programs across the nation to ensure that student veterans receive the best service and most accurate access to their GI Bill benefits. The organization also addresses areas of interest and opportunity for veterans besides education while focusing on professional development for members.
A U.S. Army veteran with a 20-year career in higher education, Freeman will be involved in ensuring that educational and other services for military veterans meet all necessary regulations, are accessible and are on par with their needs.
Additionally, he will be among his peers in Washington, D.C. meeting throughout the year with members of Congress and the Senate to discuss issues that affect veterans.
A Chesapeake resident, Freeman joined the TNCC staff in 2006. His honors and recognition include service as president of the Virginia Association of Financial Aid Administrators; Southern Association of Financial Aid Administrators membership; certification by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services; and service as president of TNCC’s Classified Support Staff Association 2009-2010, among others.
Thomas Nelson Community College’s Veterans Affairs Office provides specialized customer services to assist students in establishing eligibility for receipt of VA education benefits. The office’s main function is to certify and report enrollment information to the VA to facilitate the receipt of benefits by eligible students.
This spring semester Veterans Affairs at TNCC has certified roughly 700 students for enrollment and will field an estimated 1,000 inquiries from veterans seeking help with VA eligibility and/or enrollment, according to Freeman.
For more information about Veterans Affairs at TNCC, please visit www.tncc.edu.
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