Virginia Military and Veteran’s Education Summit to explore ways to better serve student veterans

RICHMOND, Va. — Understanding the unique higher educational needs of student veterans will be the major topic of discussion at the Virginia Military & Veteran’s Education Summit Nov. 8-9, 2018, at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia.

Presented by Virginia’s Community Colleges in partnership with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, the two-day Summit will bring together administrators, advisors and faculty from Virginia’s community and four-year colleges and universities, school certifying officials, government and business leaders and representatives from student veteran organizations.

The theme of the 2018 Summit is “Pathways to Veteran’s Success in Higher Education.”

“We owe tremendous gratitude to our military veterans who have endured immense sacrifice in defense of our nation, “said Patrice Jones, regional manager, Veterans Education, Transition and Employment at the Department of Veterans Services. “With an estimated 850,000 veterans residing in the Commonwealth, we have one of the largest veteran populations in America. Many of these veterans, transitioning military members and their families will look to one of Virginia’s community colleges or four-year colleges or universities as the most accessible and affordable educational option available.”

All individuals interested in learning more about educational programs and opportunities for Virginia veterans and their families are invited to attend the Summit. There is no charge to attend but pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please go to

Scheduled to participate in the program are Dr. Glen DuBois, Chancellor, Virginia’s Community Colleges; Virginia Deputy Secretary of Veteran and Defense Affairs Jaime Areizaga-Soto; and James Schemling, Executive Vice President of Student Veterans of America. Keynote speaker will be Major General Robert Worley II (USAF, Ret.), Director of Education Services for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

News release courtesy of Virginia Department of Veterans Services

About VDVS
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services operates 31 benefit offices throughout the state that assist military veterans and their families in filing claims for federal veterans benefits; two long-term care facilities offering in-patient skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s/memory care, and short-term rehabilitation for veterans; and three cemeteries that provide an honored final resting place for veterans and their families. VDVS provides veterans and family members with direct linkages to services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education and other programs. The Department also operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth’s monument to honor the memory and sacrifice of Virginia’s men and women who served and fought to defend our way of life from World War II to the present. For more information, please visit