Veterans Support

Veterans Support advocates for the success and wellness of LSUA's active duty military, veterans, and their families. As additional resources become available for this important population, new information will be posted to this page. LSUA Veterans Support is now on Facebook! LSUA Veterans Support on Facebook.

Veterans Lounge

The Veterans Lounge, located in Room W211, Student Center, West Wing (above bookstore), was opened in Fall 2013. The lounge provides a quite and comfortable space for veterans enrolled at LSUA to relax, study, and enjoy each other's fellowship. If you are a veteran and you haven't visited the lounge, please come and take a look. 

Upcoming Events

Veterans "Lunch n' Learn" Event: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Wednesday, April 2, in the Bayou Roberts Room. Topic: Annual Review and Assessment of Support for Veterans on LSUA Campus.

Veterans "Grill and Chill" Social at Oaks Patio/Pool from 4:00 PM-7:00 PM on Friday, May 2, 2014.  All veterans, active-duty military, and their families are welcome.

Website of the Month

The Defense Department has established a "one stop" place to go whenever service members or family members need assistance with any kind of problem. It's called "Military One Source," and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.  An article about this new web resource can be accessed here: http://usmilitary.about.com/od/familydomestic/a/onesource.htm. The site itself is available at MilitaryOneSource.

Key Campus Personnel

Mr. Bob Tillie, chair of Veterans Support Committee and advocate for veterans at LSUA (rtillie@lsua.edu). Mr. Tillie is available for general questions and advice about resources for veterans on campus: Student Center W 209C. Phone: 473-6581.

Ms. Janice Miller, Licensed Professional Counselor (jmiller@lsua.edu). Ms. Miller is available to talk to students about transitioning to the college experience, about obtaining ADA accomodations, and about other issues commonly faced by veterans. Office: Student Center W 208. Phone: 473-6545.

Ms. Kathy Wimmert (kwimmert@lsua.edu) is an academic counselor and advisor and is availble to talk to students about issues they face in their classes. Her office is Student Center W 209. Phone: 473-6545.

Ms. Gwen Andress, Veteran Affairs Liaison (gandress@lsua.edu). Ms. Andress is available to assist  students in obtaining veterans administration benefits. Office:107 Abrams Hall. Phone: 473-6423.

Ms. Tanya Lueder, faculty member and advocate for veterans at LSUA (tlueder@lsua.edu).  Ms. Lueder is available for general questions and advice about resources for veterans at LSUA. Office: Oakland 116. Phone: 427-4411.

Organization Spotlight: Rapides Parish Vet Center

A Vet Center is a place where veterans who have served in combat and who may need assistance in readjusting to civilizian life can come for support and help. Vet Centers also provide bereavement counseling to family members of deceased service members. There are 232 community-based Vet Centers located in all fifty states, District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. The Rapides Parish Vet Center is located at Colonade Plaza, 5803 Coliseum Blvd, Suite D, Alexandria, LA 71301 (telephone 318-466-4327). Its brochure can be downloaded from this link: Rapides Parish Vet Center Brochure. Vet Center staff respect the privacy of all veterans and hold in the strictest confidence all information disclosed in the counseling process.

Links to Other Organizations for Veterans

Rapides Parish Vet Center (Contact Information)

United States Department of Veteran Affairs

Student Veterans of America

Recent News about Veterans and the College Experience

Veterans Who Go Back to School Want More Support (Washington Post)   

Fine-Tuning GI Bill's Latest Changes (Military Times Edge)

300,000 use revamped GI Bill (Christian Science Monitor)

Transitioning to the College Environment (University of Oregon website)

LSUA aspires to be a Military Friendly School

The Military Friendly Schools Guide and website (www.militaryfriendlyschools.com) helps military members, veterans, and their families to narrow the field and select the school that meets their unique needs.

Using specific criteria, the guide has determined which of the 7000 college, universities and trade schools nationwide offers the best education, value, and welcome to this population. The result is a list of approximately 1000 schools which represent the 15% that are the most Military Friendly. LSU at Alexandria is currently developing resources and support that we hope--will place us on this list.