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Mobile Vet Center

  • Learn more about your military veteran benefits when the Mobile Vet Center rolls onto SPC campuses Nov. 5-6. Designed to help student veterans and families transition from military and civilian life, the MVC provides a more relaxed setting than official Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Center locations.

    Inside the 38-foot motor coach are comfortable spots to learn about military benefits, community resources and employment assessments and referrals. Veterans can also take advantage of confidential counseling with Vet Center counselors and outreach workers.

    “So many of these students don’t realize the benefits to which they are entitled, such as health benefits and insurance, housing information, work and hiring information, and confidential counseling,” said Jeff Cavanagh, Coordinator of Veterans Services at SPC.

    “We’re ensuring that the vets are connected to the benefits they have earned,” said Johnny Chastain, MVC Counselor.

    “It’s really good that they’re doing this here,” said Brian Hall, 27, a civil engineering major at the Clearwater Campus who visited the MVC in the spring. “I think it helps a lot. They signed me up for the VA insurance and I’ve found out some information about veteran employment.”

    “The people who are there from the Mobile Vet Center—they’re not wearing uniforms, so they’re not intimidating to the veteran students,” said Cavanagh. “A lot of them are veterans as well, so they can feel more comfortable with them.”

    This is the third time the mobile center has visited the Clearwater and St. Petersburg/Gibbs campuses. In the spring, the MVC visited the Tarpon Springs, Clearwater, Seminole and St. Petersburg/Gibbs campuses. Cavanagh wants to make it happen every semester.

    “The more people get used to seeing it, the more comfortable they’ll be with it,” he said.