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The Veteran Services office is located within the Registrar’s Office. The Veteran Services office assists veterans, their eligible spouses and children to process their Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits. The office is staffed by veterans who are currently enrolled as students and the Registrar’s serves as the Certifying Official at Western New Mexico University.
Here you can get help with:
In-State Tuition waivers for those eligible veterans
For more information, please contact us:
Western New Mexico University
Silver City, NM 88062
If you need to speak to a regional VA representative, please call (800) 827-1000 or (888) 442-4551 for questions about VA educational benefits.
Picking The Right Educational Benefit:
Need help picking out the right Educational Benefits. This website will help you understand which Chapter best fits you. Best Educational Benefits For You.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a benefit for individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after September 11, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
The Montgomery GI Bill is a benefit for individuals who contributed $1200 to the basic program while on Active Duty. All individuals who were separated or retired with an honorable discharge or were separated under the Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI) or Special Separation Benefit (SSB) are eligible.
The MGIB-SR program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve and have completed your Initial Active Duty Training (tech school). The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard.
The Secretaries of each military service, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard) will determine eligibility and establish the program to provide educational assistance to members of the Reserves of the armed forces who are called to duty for 90 days or more. Members may be eligible after serving 90 consecutive days on active duty after September 11, 2001.
VR&E's primary benefit program is vocational rehabilitation services for veterans who have a service-connected disability of 10% and higher determined by handicap. To receive services a veteran must be found both eligible and entitled. The outcome of these services lead to suitable employment that is consistent with their aptitudes and interests, or achieving independence in their daily living.
· Contact the Veterans Affairs Office at 505-346-4856 or 1-800-827-1000
DEA provides education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition, who are anticipated to be released from a military hospital with 100% disability or who died while on active duty or as a result of a service related condition. The program offers up to 45 months of education benefits.
There is a provision under Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill that enables eligible service members to transfer their eligibility to their dependents. There is a very stringent established criteria the service member must meet to be eligible for the Process to Transfer Their Benefits. Eligible dependents include:
Apply for Benefits
What are the next steps?
· Apply for benefits on the VA education website Veterans ON-line Application (VONAPP)
· Bring in a copy of the application or your Certificate of Eligibility
· Notify the Veteran Services office of you intended major, and promptly upon changes to your major
· Register for classes
· Notify the Veteran Services Office when you are registered and changes to your enrollment and your classes.
WNMU Office of the Registrar
PO Box 680 Silver City, NM 88062
Phone: 575-538-6118 Fax: 575-538-6093