Mobile Vet Center to Assist Lee and Collier Counties Veterans

Hodges University News

Veterans in Lee and Collier counties will receive valuable information regarding benefits, counseling, housing, vocational rehabilitation and more thanks to Hodges University inviting the Fort Myers and Naples Vet Centers to its campuses.

The arrival of the Vet Centers allows Hodges University to offer assistance to its student veterans, as well as all veterans in Lee and Collier counties. The university will host a special Vet Center presentation from 12:00-12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, September 14. The presentation will provide veterans with information as to what the Vet Center offers. It will be held at Hodges’ Fort Myers Veterans Services Center, in Building U, Room 175.

In addition to the presentation on September 14, Mobile Vet Centers will be on each campus to provide service members, veterans and their families with resources to help in the transition from military to civilian life.

David Soldano, veteran outreach program specialist with the Naples Vet Center, explained, “The Mobile Vet Center is a 34-foot long RV that allows us to work with combat veterans who need help. We provide counseling and resources to help veterans with benefits, employment, suicide prevention referrals and more.” All services are offered at no cost.

“Veterans need to know that they are not alone. The Vet Center can play an integral part in helping a transitioning veteran. The Mobile Vet Center draws much-needed attention to the Vet Center and the resources it provides,” said Christine Manson, director of Hodges’ Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center.

The Naples Mobile Vet Center will be on Hodges’ Naples campus from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21. The Naples campus is located at 2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples, FL, 34119.

The Fort Myers Mobile Vet Center will be on Hodges’ Fort Myers campus from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 20. The Fort Myers campus is located at 4501 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL, 33966.

For more information, contact Christine Manson at cmanson@hodges.edu or (239) 938-7735.

About the Vet Center:
The Vet Center Program was established by Congress in 1979 out of the recognition that a significant number of Vietnam era vets were still experiencing readjustment problems. Vet Centers are community based and part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The goal of the Vet Center program is to provide a broad range of counseling, outreach and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life.  VA operates 300 Vet Centers across the country and 50 mobile Vet Centers. To learn more, visit www.vetcenter.va.gov.

About Hodges University’s Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center:
The Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center (VSC) at Hodges University is committed to supporting all military veterans, service members and their families in reaching their academic and career goals. The mission of the Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center is to provide a welcoming and informative environment where veteran students and dependents receive support for funding their education and adjusting to student and civilian life.

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