Veteran's Programs

(575) 439-3710
veteransNMSUA@nmsu.edu
Student Services Building

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday8:00am - 6:00pm
Friday8:00am - 5:00pm

Staff
Dr. Vandeen McKenzie
(575) 439-3870

Paul Aragon
(575) 439-3705

NMSU-A Veterans Programs

Mission Statement
NMSU-A Office of Veterans Programs main function is to serve as the liaison between NMSU-A students and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Our duties include:

  • Certifying students for required courses which apply to their degree programs
  • Reporting adjustments of students schedules credit hours, and final grades
  • Ensuring that we are in compliance with all VA regulations and standards

8 Keys to Veterans’ Success:

  1. Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for Veterans.
  2. 
Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership.
  3. 
Implement an early alert system to ensure all Veterans receive academic, career, and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming.
  4. 
Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all Veterans, together with the creation of a designated space (even if limited in size).
  5. 
Collaborate with local communities and organizations, including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for Veterans.
  6. 
Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on Veterans, including demographics, retention and degree completion.
  7. 
Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to Veterans.
  8. 
Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for Veterans.

Find additional information below, or from the menu at the top of this page. If you are unable to find what you are looking for, try the search box in the menu. If you still need assistance, fill out the contact form you can access from the menu, or find additional contact information along the right edge of the page.

Chapters 30, 1607 and 1606

Must verify enrollment at the end of each month

Automated telephone verification:

  • Verifying Enrollment: 1-877-823-2378

Or verify on-line at: https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do

You may be eligible for several types of VA education and training benefits, but there are many things to consider before you apply for a GI Bill program. For most participants, the Post-9/11 GI Bill is the best option. Other students would benefit more from the Montgomery GI Bill. The following comparison tools may make it easier to decide which education and training benefits are best for you.
http://department-of-veterans-affairs.github.io/gi-bill-comparison-tool/
For every semester you wish to use your VA benefits, each student must submit a copy of their registration document to the Veterans Programs Office.
Note: The registration document will be automatically emailed to your MyNMSU within 24 to 48 hours after you register for classes.
Note: If you do not wish to use your benefits, please do not email your registration document.

Steps below are instructions on how to receive the email after you register for classes. Download PDF instructions with images

  1. Log into myNMSU
  2. Select Student and then Registration
  3. Select term you are currently registering for
  4. Select concise student schedule
  5. On the schedule select the “here” button
  6. Select the correct term and click email me the registration document
  7. Open email
  8. Forward the email with the title donotreply@nmsu.edu to the veteransNMSUA@nmsu.edu
The veterans lounge is a quiet area designed for our student veterans and their dependents who need to decompress. The lounge has study desks, recliners and subdued lighting to provide a quiet and calming environment for our veterans. Please fill out this form to request a key to the lounge.

If you already have a key, check the box indicating this is a renewal request.

  1. This key is NOT transferrable
  2. If key is lost, please contact Rick Kommer, campus security coordinator, (575) 439-3634
  3. if Key is lost, there will be a $5.00 replacement fee.
  4. Family members who visit Veteran's Lounge must be accompanied by student Veteran.
  5. Key must be relinquished at end of eligibility period to Rick Kommer
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