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Military, Veterans, & Families

Summer Schedule Change at Fort Eustis,

Your experience counts. At Thomas Nelson, we believe that military experience, education and training should translate, whenever possible, into academic credit that can help you achieve your educational goals.


You Commute to Work.  You Shouldn’t Have to Commute to Class

Enroll in our convenient, flexible courses at Fort Eustis.  Knock out requirements in English, Psychology, IT, Biology and other fields—many available in accelerated, eight-week terms.  Check out our on-base schedule for the Summer and Fall Tems.

Fall Term 2019 @ Fort Eustis
16 Week Term, 21 August-14 December
BIO 141 Human Anatomy & Physiology I TU 7:30-10:30 pm*
8 Week 1 Session, 21 August – 15 October
ENG 112 College Composition II MO-WE 5:00-7:30 pm
ITN 109  Internet and Network Foundation TH 5:00-7:30 pm+
ITE 120 Principles of Information Sysems TU 5:00-7:30 pm+
8 Week 2 Session, 16 October-14 December
ENG 111 College Composition I MO-WE 5:00-7:30 pm
ITN 260 Network Security Basics TU 5:00-7:30 pm+

*Students must take corresponding lab at either the Hampton or Historic Triangle Campus
+ Classes taught in hybrid format; meets in classroom one night a week, all other instruction on-line; ITN 109 and ITE 120 are part of the three-course Career Studies Certificate in Cyber-Security for Local Area Networks, offered at Fort Eustis

Revamped Veterans Center Plans Fall Events

The newly refurbished Veteran Services Center is preparing for the upcoming fall term with a pair of grand re-openings and a slate of programs and other activities.
Located in Wythe Hall, Room 230 (across from the library), the Services Center offers a study and meeting space for military-affiliated students, along with information on services available at TNCC and referrals to veteran services in the local community.

And, with recent upgrades, the Veteran Services Center is an even more accommodating place.  In recent weeks, crews have installed new furniture and computer work stations, giving military students a more comfortable place to relax, meet with friends, or work on class assignments.

Mr. DeMario Daniels, an Air Force Veteran and the college representative for Project VERITAS (Veteran Education Resource Initiative for Transition, Advising and Success), supervised the project.  Daniels has been affiliated with the Veteran Services Center for several years, dating back to its previous home in a portable building in the campus “quad.”  The old facility was out-of-the-way for many students, and as a result, few vets utilized the center.  

With the move to Wythe Hall, the Vets center is much more accessible, and officials hope the revamped facility will become a valuable resource for military-affiliated students at Thomas Nelson, including active duty personnel, members of the National Guard and Reserve, armed forces retirees, and spouses.  

According to Gary Pounder, TNCC’s Assistant Director for Veterans Recruitment, Retention and Advising, the center will host a variety of speakers and programs during the fall term, to better connect military students with programs and services at the college and in the local area.  A complete schedule of planned events at the center will be posted on the college’s Military and Veterans webpage in the coming weeks.  

The Veteran Services Center is also planning a pair of grand re-openings to celebrate the new facility.  Pounder said the first event will be held the week of 21 August, as the college starts its new fall term.  The second re-opening will be part of TNCC’s annual Veteran’s Day commemoration in November.  Details on those events will also be listed on the Military and Veterans website.  
The Thomas Nelson Veteran Services Center is open from 8 am – 5 pm, Monday-Friday.  For more information, contact Mr. Daniels at or Mr. Pounder at

Army Spouses: Get Reimbursed for Professional Re-Licensing Expenses Caused by PCS

Army spouses can now apply for reimbursement of up to $2,500 in professional relicensing expenses through Army Emergency Relief when they move to another state.

Last month, top Army officials announced a $500 limit on relicensing costs for military spouses for permanent change-of-station moves. However, if additional funds are needed for relicensing, AER will help offset those costs for eligible spouses.

The new category of AER assistance went into effect June 5.

"We at AER are constantly looking to expand our categories of assistance to even better support the Army team," said retired Lt. Gen. Raymond V. Mason, AER director. "One key is the challenge of PCS moves and the demands that it places on Army Families; this is especially true for working spouses whose jobs require certification/licensing for every new state they live in.

"This is the right thing to do for our Families who give so much to their Soldier and our nation," he added Wednesday during the Association of the U.S. Army "Hot Topic" symposium on installation management.

The first step for spouses is knowing the certification requirements in their new state. If assistance is necessary, spouses who are eligible for the reimbursement will need their Soldier --- whether active-duty, National Guard or Reserve -- to apply for the reimbursement at their command.

They will need a completed SF 1034 form, known as a Public Voucher for Purchases and Services Other Than Personal form; a copy of their PCS orders; and copies of the old state license or certification, the new license or certification, marriage certificate, and proof of fees paid.

Soldiers and their spouses will be able to apply for this assistance within 180 days of arrival to their new location by presenting the license or certification from the previous state along with their application, which they can find on

Applicants can also learn more by contacting Army Emergency Relief at Fort Eustis at (757) 878-2137.


GI Bill Transfer Decision Looming

Long-serving troops and reservists have less than two weeks remaining to transfer their Post 9-/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouse or children before a new restriction kicks in on July 12.

While soldiers still must serve for six years before being allowed to request a GI Bill transfer, they will no longer have the opportunity to do so after they have served longer than 16 years.

This new rule will affect senior active-duty personnel and those who for whatever reason are unable to transfer any portion of their benefits to one or more dependents before that July 12 deadline.

Some education officials say troops should transfer at least one month of benefits to eligible dependents before July 12 so they can still “transfer it back and forth after retirement and separation.” A Defense Department spokeswoman also recommended transferring at least one month of benefits to all eligible family members for that same purpose.

For more information on the deadline and your options, contact the VA or the TNCC Military Financial Aid team, at (757) 825-2912.

Earn a Cyber-Security Credential in Less Than a Year

Impossible, right?  Think again.

Thomas Nelson is the only area college or university to offer a cyber-security certificate on base, and you can finish it in less than a year.  Our Career Studies in Cyber-Security for Local Area Networks will be offered at Fort Eustis again this fall.  Gain the knowledge you need for your Network + and Security + certifications, foundational credentials for anyone interested in a cyber career.  You will also earn nine semester hours of credit, which can be applied to our IT degrees at Thomas Nelson.  Learn more by contacting our Fort Eustis office at (757) 878-5344 or


Need to add to your skills, or train for a new career?   

Thomas Nelson Workforce Development has a wide range of classes that can enhance your existing skill set, or prepare you for a new job.  Check out their offerings in healthcare, IT, manufacturing & trades, business and entrepreneurship and transportation.  These courses are affordable and our on-line registration system is fast and easy.  Many of these classes lead to nationally-recognized credentials and may complement training your gained in the military.  Classes for the summer and fall are now forming; see the complete list of offerings here.


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We're excited to announce Credits2Careers, Virginia's Community Colleges' academic and career portal for evaluating and awarding credit for military experience.

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