Fall 2013 Veteran Newletter - 5

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is one of many problems that veterans returning from combat have to deal with. The very mental and bodily mechanisms that kept you alive in a combat zone, hyper-vigilance, exaggerated startle reflex, or being easily awoken, now isolate you from people. The media has done an amazing job over the years of demonizing combat veterans with PTSD as people ready to become crazed killer at the slightest provocation. Since the 1980’s there has been a marked increase in the treatment of PTSD and the people who have to deal with it daily. The following article that was published by the National Association of Mental Illness gives an introduction and explanation of PTSD to hopefully relieve any misconceptions.

PTSD Article

   -- Chris Ramirez, VRC Outreach

WVC Veteran Resource Center

Veteran Priority Registration Date:

Your priority registration date is on November 18 & 19. Be sure you schedule time with your counselors soon if you have questions about your next semester. The new schedule of classes should be online by the end of Otober.

  -- VRC Outreach

WVC Veteran Resource Center

Live Scribe Pens & Calculators Soon to Arrive.

It is our honor to report that Campbell Rotary will sponsored two instructional technology support services for veteran students. First, “Live Scribe” pens provide auditory, visual and kinesthetic learners enhanced support in taking and transcribing classroom notes in place of pen and paper by recording and linking audio to handwriting, so veteran students never miss a word in a class lecture or with a small group project. These pens allow students to save, search, and organize digital versions of their handwritten notes synced with audio to their computer. Nine “Live Scribe” pens will be purchased so that students from our Veterans Resource Center can check-out for a semester to improve and enhance their success. Second, the purchase of ten scientific calculators for check-out will enable our veteran students to have the necessary technology support for math and science courses typically required of many of our certificate and degree programs of study. Look for more information to come on dates of availability in the future. Thank you so much to Trustee Grey and Dr. Furtado for presenting and supporting our proposal to Campbell Rotary.

  -- Veteran Resource Center Staff

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San Jose Vet Center Outreach now in the VRC

Corey Cochran of the San Jose Vet Center is going to be making regular visits to the Veteran’s Resource Center every other Thursday from 11:00 am-2:00 pm.  Corey is the OEF/OIF Outreach specialist and can help with enrollments in VA medical as well as answers questions about VA. In addition, he plans on being around for the Veteran’s Club meetings and is interested in participating in some of our events.

   -- Chris Ramirez, VRC Outreach

WVC Veteran Resource Center

EDD (Employment Development Department) Outreach now in the VRC

EDD will be here on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 10:00am until 1:30 pm in the VRC and every other Thursday for the Veteran club meetings. They are the Veteran Service Department of EDD and work solely with veterans and connecting them with employers. Their services also include resume help and interview skills as for most veterans it has been some time since they have attempted to enter the work force. There is also a job fair coming up on October 30th from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm at the San Jose airport garden hotel. See poster in the VRC for more details.

  -- Michael, Hutchens,  Veteran Club President & VRC Outreach

WVC Veteran Resource Center

Employment Development Department - Services To Veterans

Our services to veterans has a primary goal of  success stories, our success stories are driven by performance measures put in place by the Department Of Labor (DOL) which in turn allow for our Veterans Intensive Program. We use resources offered in our office, our partnership with work2ture, and resources provided outside of our immediate reach.

EDD Vet Representatives

Our purpose is getting the veteran job seeker as job ready as possible. Since we are in a self-help environment, we promote self-sufficiency. We coach the veteran job seeker to better strategize the work search activity.

We provide the client with the tools required to help the vet-client strategize work search activity and develop  an Employment Development Plan (EDP).

We use the EDP to commit the vet job seeker to move forward on a timeline with hopes we can present the job seeker on job referrals to potential employers thereby getting the job seeker into VIP services and closing the case due to entering employment. EDD Veteran Services Website

  -- Gonzalo Alvarez & Charles “Chuck” Castrovinci EDD – Workforce Service

WVC Veteran Resource Center

Meet Chris

Chris Ramireqz 

Chris Ramirez, WVC Veteran Outreach

My name is Chris Ramirez and I am one of the new Veteran Outreach workers on campus. In addition I am the Veteran’s Club Treasurer and Inter Club Council representative. This is currently my third semester at West Valley College and hope to be done with all my transfer requirements by the end of the Spring semester. I served in the Marine Corps from September 1995 through October 2006 as an Aviation Ordnance Technician working on F/A-18s, AH-1 Cobras, and UH-1 Hueys. Also I deployed to Afghanistan from 2004 to 2005. Feel free to come by the Veterans Resource Center or CC-303 in the Silver Center to talk, ask questions, or if you need some help.

by Chris Ramirez, Veteran Outreach

You reach can Chris by emailing mailto:veteran.outreach@westvalley.edu

WVC Veteran Club

Paintball Event October 25 at noon & Video Game Day November 14 with Xbox 360 Slim Raffle

The Veterans Club will be holding another Paintball event on October 25th starting at noon. There is no cost to anyone attending just show up and have fun. Also the Veterans Club will be having a video game day on November 14th where we will raffle a Xbox 360 slim. There is no need to be present during the drawing. You will be notified and have 24 hrs to retrieve the xbox or it will be drawn for again.

by Michael Hutchens, Veteran's Club President & VRC Outreach 

WVC Veteran Resource Center

You Have Medical Coverage

Did you know that as veterans who have served in a combat zone, you are eligible for free health care through the Veterans Administration? Effective January 28, 2003, any veteran who served in a combat zone as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn are eligible for 5 years of medical coverage and possibly 180 days of dental coverage from VA. This link explains in more detail all the particulars: http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/apply/returning_servicemembers.asp . Even if you do not intend on filing for disability, it is recommended for all veterans to apply.

by Chris Ramirez, VRC Outreach

WVC Veteran Club

Help Us Collect Toys For Needy Families 

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This Holiday season is tight financially for everyone. Which is all the more reason the Veterans Club will be running the Toys for Tots Drive this semester. We are looking forward to helping those in need

For more info, please contact:

--Michael Hutchens, Veteran Club President veteran.club@westvalley.edu

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Thank You: Outreach Center

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With the generous donation of funds from the Outreach Mobility Mangement Center we are able to extend additional oppertunities for a bus pass for a veteran in need. If you are currently in need of a bus pass please contact the WVC Veteran's Resource center to apply or email Bernadette Walker for specifics.


Newsletter Editor: Bernadette Walker, Marketing & Communications Coordinator 
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