Veteran Career Advisor Sarah Phillips told veterans about eight different programs available to them. This occurred when UMHB’s chapter of Salute Veteran’s National Honor Society sponsored a Texas Veteran’s Commission information session in the Lord Conference Center located in Parker Academic Center on Tuesday, Sep. 4.
These eight different programs she addressed are:
The Claims Department of the Texas Veteran’s Commission helps veterans who have a discharge other than honorable to upgrade their discharge so they can get access to benefits.
The Education De-
partment approves all VA schools in Texas, and they approve on-the-job training programs.
The Entrepreneur program helps veterans start and expand a business.
The Fund for Veterans Assistance program provides grants to charitable organizations that provide direct assistance to veterans.
The Healthcare Advocate program helps veterans navigate through the VA Hospital.
The Mental Health program provides training to veterans, their families, and licensed mental health providers.
The Woman Veterans program helps female veterans get the benefits they have earned.
The employment program helps veterans fine-tune their resumes, plus look for and obtain jobs.
Phillips spoke on the importance of having a master resume.
“A master resume is usually a monster of a document. You don’t send it to anyone, but you keep track of everything you have ever done on this document,” she said. “You want to keep it updated as much as you can.”
Phillips said that students should highlight how they can be team players on their resumes.
“You can’t train someone to be a team player,” Phillips said. “If there’s some aspect [on a group project] that you took the lead on, say it ,” she said.
Phillips also spoke about potential employers labeling candidates as over-qualified.
“The reason that you’re told you’re over-qualified is because you’re putting things like you’re a leader on your resume, even though the position doesn’t require it,” she said.
Phillips also said that having volunteer experience gives students hands-on experience with the job that they are interested in.
“A lot of companies would love to have someone work for them for free. It’s also a great networking opportunity,” she said.
Phillips also spoke about the VA work-study program. This program is available to veterans or their spouses that are in school and utilizing the GI bill. Students can work on average 25-hours a week for $7.25 per hour with this program.
Phillips said that she has a passion for speaking to veterans about finding a job because she used to be in their shoes.
“I was a veteran who didn’t know how to find a job,” Phillips said. “I walked into the workforce center thinking I had a good resume, and I really didn’t. It’s good helping others that are in the same position I was.”
Senior psychology major Jacob Neuman is a veteran who attended the information session.
“The presentation was good. I learned about all the different programs.
Everything they offer is very interesting, and is something I will be looking into further,” Neuman said.
Salute’s president, Paul Esper, said he felt lost and confused when he first arrived at UMHB because he did not feel welcomed as a veteran, and he wants to change that.
“We want all the vets to come together, so we can make it a good environment, not only for us today, but for our brothers and sisters that will be coming down the road,” said Esper.