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Palo Alto College is hosting its first-ever Veterans Education Summit on June 29 to educate former military service members and their families about the many types of resources available, both on- and off-campus.
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PAC educates local veterans

Palo Alto College, one of the Alamo Colleges, is hosting its first-ever Veterans Education Summit on June 29 to educate former military service members and their families about the many types of resources available, both on- and off-campus. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

“We’ve been a Military Friendly school for six years, and this summit is because we want to ensure that we truly are being military friendly not only to the students who are currently enrolled, but to the community as well,” said Vince Bosquez, coordinator of Veterans Affairs at the College, adding that around 8-10% of the College’s student population uses VA education benefits. “We find that people are afraid to ask questions, or they don’t know who to trust in getting answers. This is a unique opportunity for them to come and get information.”

According to a survey by the Texas Veterans Commission, the three things the veteran community needs more information about are housing, education, and general resources. Michael Ximenez, the College’s director of advising, said the resources are available — it’s just a matter of knowing where to get them. As such, the Veterans Education Summit at Palo Alto College will feature a dual-track agenda, giving attendees the opportunity to attend three sessions focusing on education benefits or general community resources.

The education-themed sessions will include comprehensive overview of all VA education benefits, including the Hazelwood Exemption. The College’s VA office will also share various academic support services available, such as tutoring and counseling services, and representatives will provide more information about the top academic programs in which veterans are enrolled at the College.

“A lot of our veterans do not know much about the Hazelwood Exemption, and this is going to be an opportunity to explain to them at length exactly what it provides to them. If they have family members eligible, they can learn how to transfer it so a family member can go to any public college or university in the state of Texas tuition-free,” said Bosquez.

Meanwhile, the community-themed sessions will cover topics such as veteran and family counseling and housing resources. The Bexar County Veterans Service office will also present some of their services and address attendees’ specific needs and questions.

Any military individuals interested in learning more about educational or community benefits are encouraged to attend. The event is offered to provide necessary information to the large military community in San Antonio, whether or not they plan to enroll at the Alamo Colleges.

“The Veterans Education Summit at Palo Alto College will provide opportunity for all veterans, whether they be prospective or current students, to learn how to use their benefits and support services within Palo Alto College and the community to help them,” said Ximenez. “The intent is for any veteran to find out information about going through their educational journey. It doesn’t have to be here at PAC – they can go to one of our sister schools or a state university. That’s great.”

For more information, click here or call the College’s VA office at 210-486-3111. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all registered attendees. RSVP here.

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