Jefferson College of Health Sciences is dedicated to honoring the service of both our veteran students and those students who currently serve in our armed forces, as well as their families. We offer financial and support benefits specific to these students and their families, and work to ensure they have all of the resources they need to succeed in their healthcare educations.
JCHS thanks you for your military service or for the service of your relatives to our nation!
JCHS Veteran Profiles
This ongoing feature will introduce you to members of the Jefferson College of Health Sciences community who have served in the military. Check this page often to see new profiles.
Meet Stephen Harris
Stephen Harris, an Army veteran, former Roanoke County deputy sheriff, husband and father of three children (ages seven, four and 11) found his niche at Jefferson College of Health Sciences. The skills he learned on the job and in the military were easily translatable to the demands of his education. You can read more about Stephen by clicking here.
Meet Misti Hagerman-Beard
As a former Marine, Misit Hagerman-Beard doesn’t shrink from tough choices or tough jobs. That's one of the reasons she chose the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Healthcare Management program, which offers her the chance to cultivate her skills as a leader while integrating her interest in healthcare. You can read more about Misti by clicking here.
Meet Marrett Gilfus
Marrett Gilfus, a student in the Jefferson College of Health Sciences Emergency Services Program, recalled the moment he knew he would make a good paramedic. He had been trained as a combat lifesaver in the Marine Corps, and Marrett helped save the life of a fellow Marine during a fire fight in the Helmand province in Afghanistan. You can read more about Marrett by clicking here.
Meet Jay Wynn
Jay Wynn knows he's very good at helping people who want to help themselves. That's why he's perfectly suited to the Jefferson College Physical Therapist Assistant Program. While a Marine, Jay had the opportunity to live in Okinawa, Japan, and travel the world as a loadmaster on a KC-130, which transported everything from “band aids to bullets,” and sometimes, wounded soldiers from Afghanistan and Iraq. You can read more about Jay by clicking here.
JCHS News for Military Students and their Families
JCHS Named to the 2014 “Military Friendly Schools®” List
Jefferson College of Health Sciences (JCHS) has been named to the 2014 “Military Friendly Schools®” list by GI Jobs Magazine, a publication of Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. This is the second consecutive year, JCHS has recognized with this designation.
The 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
The Military Friendly Schools® website at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com features the full list of military friendly schools, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The over 1,700 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.
For more information about this designation, contact Mark Lambert, JCHS Communications & College Relations, at (540) 985-9031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Military Students and their Families
The Post 9/11 GI Bill and funds from JCHS (based on our participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program) pay tuition and fees for eligible students and provide money for books and supplies. The annual maximum for 2012-2013 is $18,077.
Who Is Eligible for GI Benefits?
To be eligible, a service member or veteran must have served at least 90 aggregate days beginning on or after September 11, 2001. Individuals honorably discharged with a service-connected disability who served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001, may also be eligible.
The amount of your tuition and fees payment and book stipend depends on how much time you have served. You will receive a larger benefit if you served more active duty or mobilization time.
Benefits are available for undergraduate and graduate programs. Unused educational benefits may be transferred to children or spouses of qualifying veterans and active duty military.
Which Benefit is Best?
Many veterans and service members can qualify for more than one education benefits program. Depending on your individual circumstances, one of these programs may give you better benefits than the others.
The Department of Veteran's Affairs website provides a step-by-step Road Map For Success that compares the different education programs and helps you determine what benefit is best for you and how to apply for it.
The links to the GI Bill website of the Department of Veterans Affairs below provide more information about veterans education benefits.
- The Post-9/11 GI Bill
- Benefit Comparison Tools (find the best benefit for you)
- Transfer of Post 9-11 GI Bill Benefits to Dependents
- Yellow Ribbon Program
- Montgomery GI Bill - Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
- Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
- Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
- Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
- Educational Assistance Test Program (Section 901)
- Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEA)
- National Call to Service Program
- Tuition Assistance Top-Up
- Virginia Department of Veterans Services
Evaluation of Military Training for College Credit
Jefferson College of Health Sciences offers a Prior Learning Assessment Program through which specific experience in the military is evaluated for college credit. All credit granted for military training is given based on the American Council on Education (ACE) guide recommendations.
Suggested Documentation to Submit to Receive Military Benefits
- Service Members & Veterans: submit copy of DD-214*, Discharge Certificate, Military Orders*, Retirement Certificate, or Military End of Month LES*. (Only one document is required)
- Military Spouses: Copy of Marriage Certificate or License with one of your spouse’s military documents.
- DoD Employees: DoD End of Month LES*, official memo/letter stating current employment with DoD agency or Notification of Personnel Action (SF50).
*Must be most current DD-214, End of Month LES, or orders.
Benefits are awarded once acceptable documentation is received and reviewed by JCHS. Benefits are not awarded retroactively.
Please e-mail or fax a copy of the documentation mentioned above to the JCHS Office of the Registrar for review:
Fax: (540) 224-4562
Please note: Due to government regulations we are unable to accept military ID cards for verification of military service. You may black-out any sensitive information on orders, LES, or other military documents submitted.
Need More Information?
If you need further information or have questions, please contact the appropriate JCHS department listed below.
- Office of Admissions, 1-888-985-8482 or (540) 985-8483, email@example.com
- Office of Financial Aid, (540) 985-8267, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Office of the Registrar, (540) 224-4492, email@example.com
- Office of Student Affairs, (540) 985-8395
- Office of the Bursar, (540) 985-8272
To see a full list of the academic programs offered at JCHS, click here.