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APSU teams up with VA to provide military students counseling

APSU is currently taking steps toward providing military veterans with rehabilitation counseling this month, according to an APSU press release.

Rehabilitation counseling is designed to help those with not just mental health issues, but also for those who want to achieve their personal life and career goals.

“I think that it’s very good, a one-stop shop for students” said Louanna Castellano, a graduate assistant for the Military Student Center.

According to Charles Booth, staff writer for Public Relations and Marketing, the resource is going to be a partnership between the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and APSU’s Vet Success on Campus (VSOC) program.

Its purpose will be to help military students make the transition from serving in the military to succeeding as a student. Other services that VA offers are occupational assistance, physical rehabilitation aid and independent living skills training.

APSU was selected to partner with VA due to their large population of student veterans and the fact that they serve as the college of choice for over 2,000 military students, Booth said. Before the idea of the new partnership, there was just training with different departments to help assist the veterans.

The new partnership is just one of several ways APSU focuses their attention on the military student population. Other programs designed to help military students include the Military Educational Task Force, the Student Veteran Organization and the Military Student Center.

According to Booth, there is a good possibility that this program will grow to having more than one counselor available for veterans.

Booth also said the new VA counselor to be brought in will be someone who exemplifies APSU’s effort to always help students.

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