Office of Military and Veterans Resources


Office of Military and Veterans Resources


Military and Veterans Contacts

  Bob Heckrote | gavets@bloomu.edu
  Veteran Affairs Advocate
  Student Services Center 223 | 570-389-4696
  Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  Dawn Orzolek | dorzolek@bloomu.edu
  Office of the Registrar | G.I. Bill
  Student Services Center 150 | 570-389-4264

  Pat Stockalis | pstockal@bloomu.edu
  Office of Financial Aid | National Guard EAP
  Student Services Center 119 | 570-389-4498

  Beth Coladonado | bcoladon@bloomu.edu
  Office of Bursar | Tuition Assistance
  Waller Administration Building (first floor) | 570-389-5261

  VA Vet Center – Berwick | 570-759-0351
  VA Vet Center – Williamsport | 570-327-5281
  VFW Post 804 – Bloomsburg | 570-784-4600
  American Legion Post 273 – Bloomsburg | 570-784-3015

Upon admission to the university, students eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits must report to the Veterans Affairs Desk in the Office of the Registrar, 150 Warren Student Services Center.

Apply for your veteran benefits through U.S. Veterans Affairs or you can come into the Office of the Registrar for a paper application. Once you have been approved for your military benefits the VA will send you an eligibility letter, you will need to provide us with a copy of the eligibility letter and a copy of your DD-214. Students may contact their military unit of assignment, education office, or personnel office to determine the web sites where they can obtain copies of DD-214s and Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) forms.

Two credits are awarded for Basic Military Training (BMT) which will meet the general education Fitness and Recreational Skill requirement. In order to receive those credits we must receive a copy of your DD-214.

Students eligible for veteran education programs can receive benefits under only one program at any given time and cannot receive more than a maximum of 48 months of benefits under any combination of VA education programs. This includes the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33), the MGIB Chapters 30, 35, 1606 and 1607 and Voc Rehab Chapter 31.

Student Veterans Lounge

One of the most common issues veterans face after coming home from a military deployment or after leaving active service is a sense of being lost and alone. These feelings can become even more magnified in the academic setting, especially for new student veterans. The Student Veterans Lounge is located in room 223 Warren Student Services Center. It is a safe place for military members and veteran supporters to come together and socialize, network, relax and gather information relevant to their specific needs.

The lounge is staffed by military members who are knowledgeable of specific military needs and solutions. The lounge has been said to have the feel of a barracks environment, where student veterans often report leaving the lounge feeling happy and supported. The veteran lounge is open Monday through Thursday, 8: a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the academic year. There is a CAC reader, microwave, mini-fridge with free water and soda (when available), free coffee and space to relax or study. The Veterans Affairs Office, BUSVA and the lounge staff are always trying to improve the amenities available in the lounge, stop by and get to know your military family.