Office of Military and Veterans Resources


Office of Military and Veterans Resources


Military and Veterans Contacts

  Bob Heckrote | gavets@bloomu.edu
  Veteran Affairs Advocate
  Student Services Center 223 | 570-389-4696
  Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  Dawn Orzolek | dorzolek@bloomu.edu
  Office of the Registrar | G.I. Bill
  Student Services Center 150 | 570-389-4264

  Pat Stockalis | pstockal@bloomu.edu
  Office of Financial Aid | National Guard EAP
  Student Services Center 119 | 570-389-4498

  Beth Coladonado | bcoladon@bloomu.edu
  Office of Bursar | Tuition Assistance
  Waller Administration Building (first floor) | 570-389-5261

  VA Vet Center – Berwick | 570-759-0351
  VA Vet Center – Williamsport | 570-327-5281
  VFW Post 804 – Bloomsburg | 570-784-4600
  American Legion Post 273 – Bloomsburg | 570-784-3015

Upon admission to the university, students eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill or Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits must report to the Veterans Affairs Desk in the Office of the Registrar, 150 Warren Student Services Center.

Apply for your veteran benefits through U.S. Veterans Affairs or you can come into the Office of the Registrar for a paper application. Once you have been approved for your military benefits the VA will send you an eligibility letter, you will need to provide us with a copy of the eligibility letter and a copy of your DD-214. Students may contact their military unit of assignment, education office, or personnel office to determine the web sites where they can obtain copies of DD-214s and Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE) forms.

Veterans Preference Scheduling Policy

Act 46 of 2014 requires public institutions of higher education in Pennsylvania to provide veteran students, as defined in the Act, with preference in course scheduling. Bloomsburg University veteran students are given priority scheduling privileges effective for the Spring scheduling period, which begins in October 2014.

Veteran students are defined as those students in the following categories:

  • student has served in the United States Armed Forces, including a reserve component and National Guard
  • student was discharged or released from such service under conditions other than dishonorable
  • student resides in Pennsylvania while enrolled at Bloomsburg University
  • active duty service members
  • course scheduling preference
  • Students who are given Priority Scheduling privileges are permitted to enroll in courses two days prior to the regular scheduling timetable as defined by the Office of the Registrar.

    Student Veterans Lounge

    One of the most common issues veterans face after coming home from a military deployment or after leaving active service is a sense of being lost and alone. These feelings can become even more magnified in the academic setting, especially for new student veterans. The Student Veterans Lounge is located in room 223 Warren Student Services Center. It is a safe place for military members and veteran supporters to come together and socialize, network, relax and gather information relevant to their specific needs.

    The lounge is staffed by military members who are knowledgeable of specific military needs and solutions. The lounge has been said to have the feel of a barracks environment, where student veterans often report leaving the lounge feeling happy and supported. The veteran lounge is open Monday through Thursday, 8: a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the academic year. There is a CAC reader, microwave, mini-fridge with free water and soda (when available), free coffee and space to relax or study. The Veterans Affairs Office, BUSVA and the lounge staff are always trying to improve the amenities available in the lounge, stop by and get to know your military family.