SPC Veteran Affairs Awarded ‘Gold Standard’

September 1, 2022

SPC Marketing & Strategic Communications


090122-VEERA-GoldAward.pngSt. Philip’s College Office of Veteran Affairs received the 2022 Veteran Education Excellence Recognition Award (VEERA) – Gold Level by the Texas Veterans Commission. The award recognizes institutions in Texas that provide excellence in education and related services to veteran students.

Texas Veterans Commission provides three levels of recognition: Gold, Silver and Bronze. The award levels highlight the depth of services provided to veteran students and their families across various institutional structures.

“The team has done an outstanding job in ensuring our veteran and dependent population is served with dignity and honor,” said Christina Cortez, Dean for Student Success, Enrollment Management.  Veronica Griego, Vincent Garcia, Tony Gable and Alicia Stolte make up the VA team.

St. Philip’s College is a signatory to the Presidential Executive Order – Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses, and Other Family Members. The Principles ensure that educational institutions provide meaningful information about the financial cost and quality of educational institutions to assist students in making choices about how to use their Federal educational benefits.

SPC, federally-designated as both a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) and Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), is unique in how it supports Military City, U.S.A.

In addition to the Veteran Affairs Office, SPC is the only community college in San Antonio to offer classes at Joint Base San Antonio – Lackland, Randolph and Fort Sam Houston through Military Support Services.

The Good Samaritan Veterans Outreach and Transition Center is a college facility located at 202 Connelly St. that provides no-cost, personalized services and support to transitioning service members in the greater San Antonio area. The GSVOTC partners with community, public and private organizations who provide services to veterans, active duty service members, reservists and their families, including career planning, legal, financial planning and benefits assistance.

SPC Veteran Affairs earned the Bronze-level award in 2021.