From: Sam Surowitz
Date: January 8, 2020
Subject: January Veteran Community Newsletter

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Flyer MVPS News
January 8th 2018 | Edition 3

Happy New Year!
This edition contains information about early course registration for military affiliated students, a new housing option for military and veteran students who want to live together on campus, a guide to education benefits, and SVA updates. Information is also presented on SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society and on an exciting and new "Military and Veteran Affiliated " group on the Flyer Connection website, dedicated to connecting current mil/vet affiliated Flyers with our alum. Finally there is info on a UD resume and career workshop for vets, a local veterans career fair, and an info session on Top Secret clearance internships & careers at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.  We look forward to seeing you back on campus!
May this new decade bring health and happiness to you and your family.
For questions about any of the articles, please contact Samuel Surowitz, MVPS Director, at or 937-229-5540. Thank you to all contributors!
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Military and Veteran Student Living Community

Are you a UD student who is a veteran or a current service member in the active, guard, or reserve component?  Would you like to house with other veterans and service members beginning in Fall of 2020?  We will help connect you with one another for a great on campus living experience!
Eligibility requirements are that you must be an Honorably discharged or benefits eligible veteran, an active service member who is on terminal leave and pending a discharge, or a current drilling member of the guard or reserve component.  This option does not currently extend to family members or ROTC cadets, however if you are a cadet or family member but are also otherwise eligible because of your status as a veteran or current service member, you are not at all excluded from applying.
If both men and women are interested, every effort will be made to locate adjacent housing options to keep the community together.  By expressing your interest, you would be pioneering a new initiative that seeks to connect our mil/vet student body with our campus community in a way that has not been done in the recent past!  

The application process is open for a short period this month! Please email or call 860-942-1225.

Choosing the Best Mil/Vet Education Benefits

Did you know that there are many different federal and state veteran and service member education benefits to combine or choose from?


-Ch 18 - Certain Children with Disabilities Born of Vietnam & Certain Korea Service Veterans  -  For children who were exposed to toxic agents in Vietnam or Korea. Provides 100% for eligible dependents.
-Ch 30 - Montgomery GI Bill - Pays a monthly fixed rate benefit directly to the veteran while enrolled.  Benefit is approximately $2,000 per month for a full-time student and prorated for part-time students. Expires 10 years after discharge. Often includes a "kicker" which increases payment.
-Ch 31 - VA Vocational Rehabilitation - Provides 100% of expenses and a housing allowance to eligible disabled veterans. Veterans must be 10% disabled with a significant barrier to employment or 20% or more disabled with a barrier to employment. Must be requested within 12 years of discharge or notification of disability rating, whatever is later.
-Ch 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill - Pays 100% of tuition and fees to the school, up to $24,500 per year. If more is available for eligible students attending schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Also provides a housing allowance for students going to school more than half time (Seven credits or more for an undergrad and four credits or more for a grad student at UD. Fully covers tuition at UD). May or may not expire. May sometimes be transferred to a dependent while the veteran is still in the military at milconnect.
-Ch 35 - Dependents' Educational Assistance - Provides a benefit of up to $1,224 per month for a dependent of a veteran with a total and permanent disability. Can sometimes be converted to the higher paying Ch 33 for a dependent of a veteran who was killed in action (KIA) or due to a service connected disability via the Fry Scholarship.
-Ch 1606 -  Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve - For Guard and Reserve component service members with a six year contract or more.  Pays $362 per month for full-time enrollment, prorated for part-time enrollment. Often includes a "kicker" which increases payment.
-Federal Military Tuition Assistance (FTA) - $250 per credit up to 16 credits or $4,000 per year for those in Active Duty, Guard, or Reserve. Can also cover certifications such as private pilot, lean six sigma, aPHR, and more through the Credentialing Assistance Program.
-Pell Grants - Based on financial need, doesn’t need to be repaid.

-Subsidized Loans  - Based on financial need, doesn’t accrue interest until after graduation. Often have military forbearance.

FAFSA - Recently discharged veterans who complete the "Free Application for Federal Student Aid" may have their income from previous years while they were still on active duty counted against them.  If you are a veteran who has completed the FAFSA and were found to not be eligible for Pell Grants or Subsidized Loans, please contact Financial Aid to contest the FAFSA determination. Students must complete the FAFSA for aid such as subsidized student loans, Pell Grants, and certain state aid.


State of Ohio Benefits:

-Ohio College Opportunity Grant (OCOG) - Enhanced access to state grant for veterans.

-Ohio War Orphan and Severely Disabled Veteran Scholarship (OWOSDV)  - Available for dependents of veterans who are 60% disabled or greater, were KIA, or experienced a service-connected death. Pays up to $7,044 at a private school, or 100% waiver of tuition and fees at a state school. Available for up to 10 semesters.
-Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program (ONGSP) - Pays up to $4,793 per year at a private school, or 100% of tuition at a public school. Available for up to eight semesters for undergrads who are in the Ohio National Guard.


This is not an all-inclusive list, but does cover most military/veteran related benefits and other common programs. For additional information, or to determine your eligibility, please email or call Flyer Student Services at 937-229-4141.


Top Secret Internships and Careers at NASIC

Not your average part time job!  Are you interested in learning about internships and careers at the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright Patterson Air Force Base?

Guest speakers from NASIC will come to UD to discuss fulfilling careers and internships where you can make a difference working strategically within the United States intelligence community.  Qualified and accepted applicants may be eligible to receive a Top Secret US government clearance.

Info Session
Friday January 31st
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
University of Dayton
Roesch Library
2nd Floor "Collab" Room 240

Coordinated in collaboration between Political Science, Criminal Justice, Career Services, Gov't Relations, MVPS, NASIC, and more.
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Join Alumni Group on "Flyer Connection"

In partnership with Alumni & Constituent Programs we have created a "Veteran and Military Affiliated" group in a new website called "Flyer Connection".  This site will link current students with Alum, and the creation of this group allows UD Alum and current students to find one another based on military/veteran affiliation.

Students can seek formal and informal mentorship and connection with Alum, and Alum can connect with one another as well. There will be a message board and even the ability to VTC through this program. 

All UD students and alum who are ROTC Cadets, veterans, current service members, and family members of any of the aforemention groups are encouraged to join at  Just click on groups on bar at the top of the page and scroll down to Veteran and Military Affiliated!

Thank you veterans

Early Course Registration for Military Affiliated Students

After consultation between the MVPS transition team, a faculty committee, and the Office of the Provost, UD has approved early course registration for military affiliated students.  This new benefit will assist students in making the most of their educational benefits while also providing equitable circumstances to students who have a systematically demonstrated need.

Veterans, current service members (of active, guard, or reserve components), VA benefit eligible dependents & spouses, and ROTC Cadets are eligible. Students should be able to register for courses the day prior to when registration typically opens for students within their class as Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, or Seniors. 

Most students do not need to do anything to have this benefit applied to their student account. If you are a student who is VA or military benefits eligible but who is not using benefits, you may need to contact the MVPS office directly for assistance.

Veterans are typically non-traditional students with about 75% working while in school and 50% married or with children. Current service members and ROTC cadets must balance their education with demanding requirements of military service and training. 1/3 of our veteran family members are dependent on the support of a veteran who has a 60% service connected disability or greater and several have parents or spouses who were killed in the line of duty. All are on a tight timeline to complete their degree before their education benefits run out. For these reasons, UD has deemed it appropriate to grant early registration to these students. The impact is estimated at less than 3% of the undergraduate student body and is further reduced as some students were already eligible for early registration if they were Honors students or met several other unique categories.

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Lunch and Learn:

Translating Your Military Experience to a Civilian Resume

Please join us at a military and veteran resume workshop presented by Career Services and MVPS.  This workshop will address how to effectively translate your military experience for a civilian resume.  This session will be taught by Liz Seager, Associate Director of Career Services and Lisa Witt, Assistant Director/Career Advisor.  Lisa brings to the session her personal experience as a Colonel, USAF (retired) who transitioned from military to civilian employment. Light lunch will be provided.

Monday January 27th
12:15-1:15 p.m.  
Roesch Library, Ground Floor
The Studio (Room 042)

MVRC Career Fair

Veterans Winter Career Fair

The nonprofit Military and Veteran Resource Center will host their 7th annual Winter Career Fair at the Hope Hotel in Fairborn, located just outside of Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  Feel free to stop in at your leisure to meet employers looking to hire vets and service members.  It never hurts to bring a resume and to dress business casual or professionally.

Thursday January 30th
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Hope Hotel, Fairborn
10823 Chidlaw Rd, Dayton, OH 45433

For more information, contact Kelly Koons at 937-329-9559 or

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Meet the New SVA Executive Board and President

-President - Katie Garland, Pursuing BS in Dietetics, Air Force Vet
-Vice President - Travis Pheanis, Pursuing Master of Public Administration, Army (Ret)
-Treasurer - Ian Robinson, Pursuing BS in Psychology, Navy Vet
-Secretary - Samantha Clark, Pursuing MS in Computer Science, Air Force Vet

Please be prepared to receive more information soon about SVA Movie Night!

Katie Garland and Family

Katie Garland: SVA President's Introduction

I am a Junior Dietetic Major with plans to continue on in the UD Master’s program in Dietetics after graduating with my Bachelors in May 2021. I served in the United States Air Force as a Contracting Specialist from 2008-2010. I was stationed at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina, right next to Fort Bragg where the paratroopers train.

Pictured are my two nieces: Kalee and Addison and my nephew Zachary whom I greatly enjoy being “Aunt Kate Kate” to and whom I try to spend as much time with as possible. In my free time I enjoy going to as many concerts as possible, traveling, and working out. I chose to lead in the SVA because I have a passion for my military community. While working at both WPAFB and the Dayton VA my goal was always to help as many active duty and veterans as possible and I wish to serve my SVA community in much this same way. I enjoy new challenges and hope that I can lead this organization to become more visible on campus and to make a greater impact in the future in the community in which we live.

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Request VA Certification and Yellow Ribbon

If you haven't already done so, please submit your Request for VA Certification Google Form to Veteran Services. Any students using federal GI Bill benefits (Chapters 1606, 30, 31, 33, and 35) must submit this form.  If you have already used GI Bill benefits at UD this will be step 4 here

Please remember, if you have 100% post 9/11 (Ch 33) GI Bill you can apply for Yellow Ribbon funding.  Yellow Ribbon funding allows the VA to make additional contributions towards your tuition in the Spring semester when your GI Bill funding doesn't cover the entire cost of tuition.  Typically, this means the VA meets UD halfway with the funding of your tuition balance. 


Join SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society 

The University of Dayton is proud to be one of the newest members of SALUTE National Honor Society. 

"SALUTE is the only national honor society in the nation recognizing and honoring the service and scholastic achievements of this generation's greatest veterans." 

This semester, the MVPS office will be awarding two graduate and two undergraduate memberships free of charge (we will cover the application fee to SALUTE). In order to apply, students must be honorably discharged veterans or currently serving in the active, guard, or reserve components.  Please note that we encourage all qualified students to apply.  Students will be awarded memberships based on their academic and extracurricular achievements. Any students who are not selected by MVPS to receive the awarded memberships are still eligible (and encouraged) to pay the $35 application fee to join.

Undergraduate students must be currently enrolled as a student, and have a minimum of 12 course credits.  Students must maintain the highest ethical standards.  Undergraduate membership tiers are broken down according to the following:

Alpha Tier GPA: 3.75 – 4.00
Bravo Tier GPA: 3.50 – 3.74
Charlie Tier GPA: 3.25 – 3.49
Delta Tier GPA: 3.00 – 3.24

Graduate Students need to have completed 9 credit hours, hold at least a 3.5 GPA, and will be classified as “SALUTE Gold Member”.

SALUTE lifetime members receive a certificate, coin, access to apply for exclusive member scholarships, ability to connect with other members, and can purchase official graduation regalia.