The University of Florida is 1 of 94 universities to host the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) Program. An experienced vocational rehabilitation counselor, the VSOC, is an on-campus partner from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The University of Florida’s VSOC counselor is available for one-on-one consultation and support in assisting student veterans, their families, and dependents using VA benefits with the following:

  • VA educational benefits
  • Information on college credit for military experience and training
  • Guidance and support while using VA educational benefits
  • Eligibility and activation of educational benefits
  • Understanding and applying for Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Chapter 31)
  • Vocational exploration and career counseling services (Chapter 36)
  • Information on applying for other VA benefits to include disability compensation, life insurance and home loan guaranty
  • Assistance with electing healthcare benefits through the Veterans Health Administration
  • Information and referrals to VA medical and mental health services
  • Referrals to the local Vet Center for readjustment counseling services
  • Referrals to on-campus, community, and VA resources to ensure academic success
  • Employment information and assistance
  • Student Veteran peer mentoring and tutoring services

Contact Information

Patricia K. Carswell, MHS, CRC
Department of Veterans Affairs
VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) Counselor
University of Florida
Yon Hall 415 

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