ICYMI: Video - Rep. Cisneros Urges VA Secretary to Expand Mt. SAC’s Student Veterans Program in 39th District

March 3, 2020
Press Release

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WASHINGTON, DC - During a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing last week, Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) questioned Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie and his leadership team about the need to expand VA Veteran Success on Campus (VSOC) programs in the 39th District. Currently, only Mt. San Antonio Community College (Mt. SAC) has a VSOC program and serves Mt. SAC veteran students and other student veterans in the region, including some students at Cal Poly Pomona. The VSOC program at Mt. SAC has yielded positive results for the college’s student veterans. However, student veterans who are unable to access Mt. Sac’s VSOC are required to travel to the VA’s Los Angeles Regional Office. 

“I’ve heard from countless student veterans about the need to expand the Veteran Success on Campus program to the other colleges in the 39th District. With long travel times and heavy traffic congestion, it’s unacceptable that our veterans have to jump through so many hoops just to access their education and vocational benefits,” said Rep. Cisneros. “We’ve seen the success of VSOC at Mt. SAC, and I believe every college and university in our district should have this program on their campus. I look forward to working with Secretary Wilkie and the VA Department to make this a reality and help our veterans get these benefits locally.”

The VSOC program is part of Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment. The program aims to help student Veterans and their qualified dependents succeed and thrive through a coordinated delivery of on-campus benefits assistance and counseling leading to completion of their education and preparing them to enter the labor market in viable careers. For more information about VSOC, click here.