Providing Quality Services to Veterans Family Members

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Location: online,

Event Date/Time: Mar 11, 2010 End Date/Time: Mar 11, 2010
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Providing Quality Services to Veterans Family Members Thursday, March 11, 2010 1:00-2:30pm EST Online webinar Host: Innovative Educators NOTE: Payment is not required prior to event date (choose check by mail or PO as payment method when registering). The recording is always included and is accessible for one full year. WEBINAR OVERVIEW A major focus has been directed toward serving veterans on campus. While those services are essential, campuses are often failing to provide needed services for those significant others who are attending college and impacted by military service. In the past, some family members have been able to utilize state and federal education benefits as the result of a military members service. Since August 1, 2009, an increasing number are now on campus using the benefits for family members from the Post 911 GI Bill, Chapter 33. In addition, an increasing number of significant others are also planning to, or are, attending college. This presentation will demonstrate how campuses can organize to provide quality services for military families and their significant others. Participants will learn which specific services and activities are best suited to serve these individuals. The presenter will also identify the biggest obstacles to implementing services and programs for family members and significant others and how campuses might overcome these obstacles. OBJECTIVES: * To identify the unique challenges faced by military members and their significant others while preparing to attend and while attending college. * To assist campuses to understand why it is necessary to serve family members and significant others in addition to veterans and military members on campus. * To identify some process for identifying the members family members and significant others prior to and while attending college. * To identify how campuses can organize to provide quality services for families and their significant others. * To identify specific services/activities to be used to serve these individuals. * To identify the biggest obstacles to implementing services and programs for family members and significant others and how campuses might overcome these obstacles WHO SHOULD ATTEND? * University Veteran Coordinators * Administrators * Retention Specialists * Student Affairs Professionals * Housing Staff * Financial Aid * Counseling Services * Academic Advisors * Academic Support Services WHO IS THE SPEAKER? Donald Pfeffer is the Director of the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, Higher Education Veterans Programs. These programs assist colleges and universities to provide services to help veterans, military members and their families start and complete college. Don is a faculty member at Central Lakes College, Brainerd, MN. He has served as a Counselor as well as a Psychology and General Studies instructor during his years with the College. Since 2006, the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs has contracted with Central Lakes College for Dons services to develop and direct the Higher Education Veterans Programs. Don served on active duty from 1971 to 1975 with the United States Air Force Security Service, the electronic intelligence command of the US Air Force. For two years he served as an Intelligence Analyst and two more years as the Goodfellow AFB Base Drug and Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Program manager. He also served with the Minnesota Air National Guard, retiring in 2002. Don received his Bachelors Degree in Education from St. Cloud State University and his Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado. During his varied working career he has served as a high school counselor, a mental health therapist and administrator, a small business owner and a college faculty member. Through his entire career he has maintained a strong interest in military issues. Enquiries: pam@ieinfo.org

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