UWF VetSuccess on Campus

The VetSuccess on Campus program is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and University of West Florida (UWF). The goal of the program is to help military Veterans and eligible dependents of military Veterans make a smooth transition to college life and to successfully complete their educational goals.


The VA has placed a full-time, experienced Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor on campus at the University of West Florida (UWF) to assist the growing number of Service members, Veterans and dependents attending school under the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and other VA Education Programs. This counselor serves as a one-stop liaison for Veterans, active duty military and eligible dependents who attend or plan to attend UWF.

The VSOC Counselor is trained to provide academic and vocational guidance to Veterans, and help connect them to other VA benefits, including health care and mental health services. The VSOC Counselor maintains close relationships with local VA Vet Centers and VA medical facilities, referring Service members, Veterans and dependents as needed and providing assistance applying for VA medical and nonmedical benefits.

In addition, VA's Education and Career Counseling Program offers a great opportunity for transitioning Service members, Veterans and eligible dependents to get personalized counseling and support to guide their career paths, ensure most effective use of their VA benefits, and help them achieve their goals. Visit University of West Florida’s VSOC Counselor on campus to learn more about this program.

The VetSuccess on Campus Counselor (VSOC), Rebecca Baisden, is located in Building 38, Room 147. She is available daily Mon-Fri from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm to help with any questions one might have regarding:

Information on VA benefits, to include:

  • GI Bill®
  • Vocational Rehabilitation
  • eBenefits
  • Disability Compensation
  • VA Medical Care
  • Home Loan
  • Life Insurance
  • Short-term Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Resume Development

Rebecca can be reached at (850) 474-2550, rebecca.baisden@va.gov or rbaisden@uwf.edu.  Visit the VetSuccess on Campus Facebook page for information on upcoming Career Fairs, Job Information, UWF and VA News.

VA’s GI Bill website offers tools to help Veterans transition from military service to student success. For career assistance, including connecting to employers looking to hire Service members, Veterans and dependents, the new Veterans Employment Center on vets.gov is a one-stop-shop offering online tools and resources.

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