Veterans

Trocaire College was one of the first colleges in Western New York to provide tuition assistance to our returning Iraqi and Afghanistan veterans in appreciation for their service to our country. We are proud to have all our veterans and reservists as students and the number of both attending Trocaire continues to grow each year.

Veterans

Veterans Services at Trocaire

Thanks to the support of federal, state, and Trocaire College’s financial aid programs, most veterans and their dependents can attend Trocaire with little or no financial obligation. There are a variety of financial assistance programs available to reservists, veterans, and their dependents all based on an individual’s personal military service record. Our hard working staff will go above and beyond to help the military families that have served and sacrificed for our country.

Determining Eligibility and Applying for VA Educational Benefits

1) Use the VA’s Road Map to Success to determine which benefit is right for you. A comprehensive benefit comparison chart can be found here. If you believe you qualify for chapter 33 Post 9/11 benefits use the VA’s Benefit Calculator in conjunction with the Road Map to Success and benefit comparison chart to give you a rough idea of what your payments will be.

2) Collect all necessary documents and information, such as the dates and service status for each period of military service, your DD214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty for most recent period of active duty, and any post-secondary education transcripts.

3) Apply for benefits online or through the mail.

Online applications:
-Use VONAPP (Veterans On-Line Application) to create and submit your application.
-Paper Applications:
-Chapter 31 applicants use Form 28-1900. Chapter 35 applicants use Form 22-5490. All other applicants use Form 22-1990.

Mail to:

VA Regional Processing Office
P.O. Box 4616
Buffalo, NY  14240-4616

To help you determine which program applies to you, view the options below.  For additional assistance, contact the veterans office at Trocaire.

GI Bill

The monthly BAH and subsistence allowance rates for all benefits are available here.

 

The GI Bill of Rights, initially known as the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944, was intended to provide educational opportunities, vocational training, and other programs for returning WWII veterans. After the GI Bill of Rights went into effect, many veterans sought out higher education, an opportunity previously unavailable to them. The original GI Bill enabled 7.2 million WWII veterans to get an education during the legislation’s 12 year run. The bill was updated and reintroduced in 1984, resulting in the creation of the Montgomery GI Bill (aka: chapter 30). More changes were enacted in 2008 to support those with post 9/11 service. It has also been expanded to include educational training for injured and disabled veterans, dependents, and spouses. For a more complete timeline please visit the GI Bill's History Timeline.

 

Benefits by Chapter

ProgramHistoryEligibilty

Form

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty Created in 1984, the MGIB-AD provides a monthly stipend for service members for up to 36 months

-3 years active duty

-2 years if still active duty

-Service after 1985

22-1990
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program This program was established for active duty service members and veterans with service-connected disabilities

-Served 30 days active duty

-Have a 100% combined service related disability
28-1900

Chapter 32: Post-Vietnam Era Veterans’

Educational Assistance Program
Chapter 32 was initially designed to attract people to the Armed Forces. Every $1 service members contributed from their military pay is matched by $2 by the government. -Entered active duty between 1/1/1977 and 6/30/1985
-Made contributions from their military pay
-Honorably discharged

22-1990
Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill The most recent addition to the VA’s Educations Benefits is the Post 9/11 GI Bill. It is the most comprehensive benefit offered.

-Minimum: 90 aggregate days after 9/11/2001

-Still active duty or honorably discharged
22-1990
Chapter 35: Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program This benefit is for the spouses and dependents of service members who have a 100% service connected disability or who have died while on active duty. It provides up to 45 months of education benefits.

-Spouse/Dependent of a veteran with a 100% combined service connected disability

-Surviving spouse/Dependent whose spouse/parent died as a result of active duty conditions
22-5490
Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve Chapter 1606 is for reservists and members of the Army and Air National Guard, and benefits are available for 36 months.

- Only if currently in reserves or guard

-Currently drilling in good standing
22-1990
Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program Also fairly new, chapter 1607 exists to support the educational endeavors of reservists and guardsmen who have been called to duty by war or national emergency.

-Must meet all 1606 qualifications

-Deployed for 90 or more days as a reservist or guardsman
22-1990
National Call to Service Program This program requires participants to serve through three distinct and uninterrupted tiers of service, beginning with 15 months of active duty. -Successful completion of the three tiers of service 22-1990N

Career Counseling

The Office of Veteran Services is always willing to speak to students regarding their education and careers. Other resources at Trocaire College include the Career Center and your advisor.
For those who are unsure about their educational needs and career goals the VA offers free educational and vocational counseling. To apply please fill out Form 28-8832 and send to:

    VA Regional Processing Office
    P.O. Box 4616
    Buffalo, NY
    14240-4616

    Tutorial Assistance

    Tutoring in the Palisano Center for Academic Success is free and open to all students. It is located in the library (fourth floor of the main campus) and has scheduled hours and availability by appointment.

      Mentoring Schedule

      Peer Tutoring Schedule

      Subjects covered: anatomy and physiology, biology, chemistry, English, writing, information technology/computer skills, health information and technology, medical terminology, microbiology, nursing (RN), philosophy, and practical nursing (LPN)

      Subjects covered: anatomy and physiology, biology, nursing (RN), and radiologic technology

       

      -½ time students and above who wish to seek outside tutoring that is relevant to their coursework may have the cost of this tutoring (up to $100 monthly) covered by their VA Educational Benefits at no charge to your entitlement. To apply the student, tutor, and certifying official must complete VA Form 22-1990T.

         

        Other Benefits

        Yellow Ribbon Program

        The Yellow Ribbon Program is intended to supplement Chapter 33 benefits. For instance, students pursuing education at a private institution, graduate school, or out-of-state may need additional funds. To be qualify for the Yellow Ribbon Program you must be at 100% eligibility. Trocaire College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. To apply please use the VONAPP website or contact our office.

        Veterans Tuition Award (VTA)
        The Veterans Tuition Award is another supplement to VA Educational Benefits available to New York residents pursuing an undergraduate education in New York state. Eligibility for the VTA can be established by completing the New York State Veterans Tuition Award Supplement . Once eligibility has been determined, applications for payment must be made by completing the FAFSA. Eligibility needs to only be established once, but applications for payment of the VTA need to be made annually.

        Licensing and Certification Tests
        Licensing and certification tests, such as CPR certifications, may be eligible for reimbursement by the VA. Chapter 30, 32, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607 all qualify for this benefit. More information on how to apply for reimbursement can be found on the VA Licensing and Certification Test Reimbursement Brochure.

        Work Study Program

        3/4 and full time students have the opportunity to enter into a work study program which provides them a flexible schedule that works around their classes. Our office hires two work study students who are responsible for performing VA related activities and administrative work. To inquire about available positions please call or email our office. To apply fill out VA Form 22-8691. If positions are unavailable there may be vacant positions through the federal work study program. Inquiries regarding the federal work study program should be directed to the Financial Aid Office.

        Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship
        Children of an active duty member of the Armed Forces who has died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001 are eligible for this benefit. The Fry Scholarship may cover full tuition and fees paid directly to the school for all public school in-state students. For those attending private or foreign schools tuition and fees are capped at $17,500 per academic year, a monthly housing allowance, and a book and supplies stipend for 36 months. To apply fill out VA Form 22-5490.

         

        VA Home Loan http://www.militaryvaloan.com/vamortgageloan.htm

        Trocaire Veteran's Tuition Benefit

        Current and future Trocaire student’s that have served in the military during or after September 11th 2001 and have supported Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) or Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) are eligible for free tuition that may remain after any/all government and state financial aid programs are applied.

        The registration “gold” card is an internal form used by the Office of Veteran Services to verify enrollment and student contact information for the upcoming semester and certify this to the Veterans Affairs Buffalo Regional Office for payment.

        This card will need to be filled out once you register for the next semester’s courses and submitted to our office in order to receive benefits for the next term.  This form is located outside our office or can be e-mailed to you upon request.

        This form will allow our office to keep up with the constant changing of demographics by our mobile student population as well as prevent any delay in VA educational payments.


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        Please visit the Trocaire College event calendar.

        The attached document includes various services for veterans. Please utilize these resources as they are intended for you! If you have any questions, please contact our office.

         

        Outside Resources

        Mental Well Being

        Emergency counseling
        • 1-800-273-8255 press 1 (VA Western New York Healthcare System)
        • American Legion
        • Department of Veteran Affairs

        General wellness services
        • Buffalo Vets Center
        • Veterans Outreach Center Inc
        • Department of Veteran Affairs
        • American Red Cross

        Readjustment/transitional services
        • Buffalo Vets Center
        • VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars)
        • American Legion
        • Department of Veteran Affairs
        • American Red Cross

        PTSD counseling and services
        • Buffalo Vets Center
        • VA Western New York Healthcare System

        Marital and family counseling
        • Buffalo Vets Center

        Military sexual trauma counseling
        • Buffalo Vets Center
        • VA Western New York Healthcare System

        Substance abuse counseling and services
        • Buffalo Vets Center
        • American Legion
        • VA Western New York Healthcare System

        Peer Groups and Minority Services

        Veterans and family groups
        • The Listening Circle for Military Veterans and their Families
        •Veterans Outreach Center Inc

        Women’s groups and services
        Buffalo Vets Center
        • Vietnam veterans of America (VVA)
        • VA Western New York Healthcare System

        Minority services
        • Vietnam veterans of America (VVA)
        • VA Western New York Healthcare System

        Bereavement counseling
        • Buffalo Vets Center

        VA Assistance

        Benefits counseling and assistance
        • Buffalo Vets Center
        • Veterans Outreach Center Inc
        • VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars)
        • American Legion • American Red Cross
        • AMVETS

        Comp and pension assistance
        • Erie County Veteran Services Agency
        • Department of Veteran Affairs

        Survivors and burial assistance
        • Erie County Veteran Services Agency
        • Department of Veteran Affairs
        • NYS Division of Veteran Affairs

        Employment Services

        • American Legion
        • Department of Veteran Affairs
        • WNY Veterans Housing Coalition Inc.
        • Niagara Falls ARS Family Support Center
        • NYS Division of Veteran Affairs
        • Student Veterans of America
        • National Coalition for Homeless Vets

        Healthcare

        VA hospitals
        • VA Western New York Healthcare System
        • Veteran Affairs Health Administration
        • Erie County Veteran Services Agency

        Health insurance
        • Department of Veteran Affairs

        Domiciliary care
        • Erie County Veteran Services Agency
        • NYS Division of Veteran Affairs
        • VA Western New York Healthcare System

        Residential Services

        Housing and homelessness
        • Veterans Outreach Center Inc
        • AMVETS (American Veterans)
        • American Legion
        • Vietnam veterans of America (VVA)
        • Department of Veteran Affairs
        • WNY Veterans Housing Coalition Inc.
        • NYS Division of Veteran Affairs
        • National Coalition for Homeless Vets
        • VA Western New York Healthcare System

        Home loan guaranty
        • Erie County Veteran Services Agency
        • Department of Veteran Affairs

        Veteran retirement housing
        • Department of Veteran Affairs

        Troop and family support services

        Troop support
        • VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars)
        • American Red Cross

        Family support
        • VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars)
        • American Legion
        • Niagara Falls ARS Family Support Center
        • American Red Cross
        • WNY Heroes

        Injured veterans support
        • American Legion

        Financial assistance

        Temporary financial assistance
        • American Legion
        • American Red Cross
        • WNY Heroes

        Financial management
        • Niagara Falls ARS Family Support Center
        •America’s Debt Help Organization

        http://www.debt.org/veterans/

        http://www.debt.org/consolidation/

        http://www.debt.org/students/

         

        Scholarships
        • AMVETS (American Veterans)
        • American Legion
        • Vietnam veterans of America (VVA)
        • NYS Division of Veteran Affairs
        • Student Veterans of America

        Legal services

        General legal aid
        • Veterans Outreach Center Inc

        Incarcerated veterans services
        • Vietnam veterans of America (VVA)

        Court programs
        • Erie County Veteran Services Agency Buffalo Veterans Treatment Courts

        Volunteering and Community Outreach

        Community outreach
        • American Legion

        Volunteer opportunities
        • American Legion
        • American Red Cross

        Blood donation programs
        • American Red Cross
        • American Legion
        • AMVETS

         



        Outside Resources Directory

        American Legion

        Website

        Addresses:
        -Jesse Clipper, NY Post 430: Ellicott Station, PO Box 1041, Buffalo, NY 14205
        -Troop 1, NY Post 665: 432 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14202
        -Francis A. Lombardo, NY Post 1031: 56 Niagara St., Buffalo, NY 14202
        -Lorenzo Burrows, Jr., NY Post 78: PO Box 128, Buffalo, NY 14209
        -Niagara Frontier, NY Post 1041: 533 Amherst St., Buffalo, NY 14207
        -South Buffalo, NY Post 721: 136 Cazenovia St., Buffalo, NY 14210
        -Bennett-Wells, NY Post 1780: 1356 E Delavan Ave., Buffalo, NY 14215
        -Adam Plewacki, NY Post 799: 385 Paderewski Dr., Buffalo, NY 14212
        -Frank L. Gierlach, NY Post 1320: 50 Gates St., Sloan, NY 14212
        -Milton J. Brounshidle, NY Post 205: 3354 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217
        -4-Star, NY Post 1659: 20 Dixon Dr., Buffalo, NY 14223
        -David McKeever, NY Post 64: 1770 S. Park Ave., Buffalo, NY 14220
        -Matthew Glab, NY Post 1477: 1965 Abbott Rd., Lackawanna, NY 14218
        -Memorial, NY Post 1731: 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, NY 14225
        -Erieco Womens, NY Post 1586: PO Box 961, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
        -The Tonawandas, NY Post 264: 60 Main St., Tonawanda, NY 14150
        -Kensington, NY Post 708: 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, NY 14225
        -West Seneca Inc., NY Post 735: 35 Legion Pkwy.,West Seneca, NY 14224
        -Lackawanna, NY Post 63: 144 Kirby Ave., Lackawanna, NY 14218
        -East Lovejoy, NY Post 1306: 69 Harmony Lane, Cheektowaga, NY 14225
        -Francis J. Donovan, NY Post 1626: 3210 Genesee St., Cheektowaga, NY 14225
        -Harry H. Clifton, NY Post 60: 74 Lake Ave., Blasdell, NY 14219
        -Coast Guard, NY Post 1529: 73 Frontier Dr., Blasdell, NY 14219
        -Thomas E. Tehan, NY Post 1449: 2075 Electric Ave., Blasdell, NY 14219
        -Depew, NY Post 1528: Depew Village Hall Room 200, 85 Manitou St., Depew, NY 14043
        -Grand Island, NY Post 1346: PO Box 1346, Grand Island, NY 14072
        -George F. Lamm, NY Post 622: 962 Wehrle Dr., Williamsville, NY 14221
        -Orchard Park, NY Post 567: 3740 N. Buffalo Rd., Orchard Park, NY 14127
        -Hamburg, NY Post 527: 21 Memorial Dr., Hamburg, NY 14075
        -Stephen Sikora, NY Post 1322: 950 Payne Ave., N. Tonawanda, NY 14120

        Phone numbers:
        -Jesse Clipper, NY Post 430: unavailable
        -Troop 1, NY Post 665: 716-885-8083
        -Francis A. Lombardo, NY Post 1031: 716-852-8646
        -Lorenzo Burrows, Jr., NY Post 78: unavailable
        -Niagara Frontier, NY Post 1041: 716-875-9276
        -South Buffalo, NY Post 721: 716-825-9557
        -Bennett-Wells, NY Post 1780: 716-881-0435
        -Adam Plewacki, NY Post 799: 716-856-9306
        -Frank L. Gierlach, NY Post 1320: 716-896-2954
        -Milton J. Brounshidle, NY Post 205: 716-877-9279
        -4-Star, NY Post 1659: 716-833-6088
        -David McKeever, NY Post 64: 716-822-6400
        -Matthew Glab, NY Post 1477: 716-825-3733
        -Memorial, NY Post 1731: 716-896-3346
        -Erieco Womens, NY Post 1586: unavailable
        -The Tonawandas, NY Post 264: 716-692-9785
        -Kensington, NY Post 708: unavailable
        -West Seneca Inc., NY Post 735: 716-675-7613
        -Lackawanna, NY Post 63: 716-825-0622
        -East Lovejoy, NY Post 1306: 716-684-5415
        -Francis J. Donovan, NY Post 1626: 716-896-3346
        -Harry H. Clifton, NY Post 60: 716-822-3160
        -Coast Guard, NY Post 1529: unavailable
        -Thomas E. Tehan, NY Post 1449: 716-826-1949
        -Depew, NY Post 1528: 716-479-7050
        -Grand Island, NY Post 1346: 716-553-0059
        -George F. Lamm, NY Post 622: 716-633-9242
        -Orchard Park, NY Post 567: 716-662-9780
        -Hamburg, NY Post 527: 716-649-4667
        -Stephen Sikora, NY Post 1322: Phone: 716-693-1740

        -Mission: varies from post to post

        American Red Cross

        -Website

        -Address: 786 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14209

        -Phone number: 716-886-7500 or 1-800-733-2767

        -Mission: The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

        AMVETS (American Veterans)

        -Website

        -Address:
        - Post 5: 657 Walden Ave., Buffalo, NY 14211
        -Post 13: 25 Review Place, Buffalo, NY 14207
        -Post 45: 3071 Abbot Rd., Orchard Park, NY 14127
        -Post 61: 29 Clemo St., Buffalo, NY 14206
        -Post 72: 1881 Clinton St., Buffalo, NY 14206
        -Post 3076: Kenmore Knights of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo, NY 14216
        -Post 49: 3758 Sheridan Dr., Amherst, NY 14226
        -Post 14: 4721 Broadway, Depew, NY 14043
        -Post 66: Tonawanda Veterans Club, 3354 Delaware Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217
        -Post 8113: PO Box 433, West Seneca, NY 14224.
        -Phone number: - Post 5: (716) 832-0381
        -Post 13: (716) 875-4420
        -Post 45: (716) 823-3147
        -Post 61: (716) 648-5103
        -Post 72: (716) 825-6207
        -Post 3076: (716) 877-7367
        -Post 49: (716) 837-8940
        -Post 14: (716) 685-4721
        -Post 66: (716) 871-9858
        -Post 8113: (716) 822-2380
        -Mission: AMVETS is dedicated to supporting veterans and active military, providing community services and preserving freedom.

        Buffalo Vet Center

        -Website

        - Address: 2372 Sweet Home Rd., Buffalo, NY 14228

        -Phone number: 716-862-7350

        -Mission: Provide non-medical counseling and assistance to war zone Veterans and their family members who are experiencing problems and issues related to active duty military service in a war zone or in the course of deployment during war.

        Community War Veterans

        -Website

        -Address: 13320 SW Genesis Loop, Portland, OR 97223

        -Phone number: 1-877-578-0230

        -Mission: We produce free e-newsletter publications to better help educate and inform veterans about benefits and programs many are unaware of. Our goal is to provide our members and their families with helpful, pertinent information.

        Department of Veteran Affairs

        -Website

        -Address: 130 South Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, NY 14202

        -Phone number: 1-888-442-4551

        -Mission: To provide quality service, advocacy, and counseling in a timely manner for New York’s Veterans and their families to ensure they receive benefits granted by law for service in the Armed Forces.

        Erie County Veteran Services Agency

        -Website

        -Address: Rath Building - Suite 800, 95 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY 14201

        -Phone number: 716-858-6363

        -Mission: To ensure that every veteran in the country is registered in the VA system and is fully aware of all the benefits that they have earned and to make veterans an economic force in education, employment, and business development.

        The Listening Circle for Military Veterans and their Families

        (the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM)

        -Website

        -Address: Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst, NY 14226

        -Phone number: 716-839-8515

        -Mission: The goal of the Listening Circle is to develop a safe space for all voices and cultivate understanding.

        National Coalition for Homeless Vets

        -Website

        -Address: 333 1/2 Pennsylvania Ave., SE Washington, DC 20003

        -Phone number: 202-546-1969

        -Mission: The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) will end homelessness among veterans by shaping public policy, promoting collaboration, and building the capacity of service providers.

        New York State Division of Veteran Affairs

        -Website

        -Address: 5 Empire State Plaza, 28thFloor, Albany, NY 12223

        -Phone number: 716-838-7697

        -Mission: To provide quality service, advocacy and counseling for New York Veterans and their families to ensure they receive benefits granted by law for their services to New York and the Nation.

        Niagara Falls ARS Family Support Center

        -Website

        -Address: 2250 Franklin Dr., Niagara Falls, NY 14304

        -Phone number: 716-236-2097

        -Mission: Provide individuals, families, and leadership with programs that promote self-sufficiency and enhance mission readiness, retention, and adaptation to the Air Force way of life.

        Student Veterans of America

        -Website

        -Address: P.O. Box 77673, Washington, DC 20013

        -Phone number: 1-866-320-3826

        -Mission: To provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

        -Veteran Affairs Health Administration

        -Website

        -Address:

        -3495 Bailey Ave., Buffalo, NY 14215
        -222 Richmond Ave., Batavia, NY 14020
        -Outpatient Clinic, OLV Family Care Center, 227 Ridge Rd., Lackawanna, NY 14218
        -Lockport VA Outpatient Clinic, 5883 Snyder Dr., Lockport, New York 14094
        -Niagara Falls Outpatient Clinic, 2201 Pine Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14301
        -Olean VA Outpatient Clinic, 465 North Union St., Olean, NY 14760
        -Rochester Outpatient Clinic, 465 Westfall Rd., Rochester, NY 14620

        -Phone number:
        -Buffalo location: 716-834-9200
        -Batavia location: 585-297-1000
        -Lackawanna Outpatient Clinic: 716-822-5944
        -Lockport Outpatient Clinic: 716-438-3890
        -Niagara Falls Outpatient Clinic: 716-862-8580
        -Olean VA Outpatient Clinic: 716-373-7709
        -Rochester Outpatient Clinic: 585-463-2600

        -Mission: Honor America's Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being.

        Veterans Outreach Center Inc.

        -Website

        -Address:

        459 South Ave., Rochester, NY 14620

        -Phone number:
        585-546-1081 or (866) 906-VETS

        -Mission: We are an independent community-centered non-profit providing premier supportive services to veterans of the US Armed Forces and their families in the greater Rochester are. We serve by helping them to achieve their goals and realize their full potential.

        VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars)

        -Website

        -Address:

        -Post 355 Sloan Memorial Post: 1428 Lovejoy St., Buffalo, NY 14212
        -Post 1200 Clarence Memorial Post: 163 Aris Ave., Buffalo, NY 14206
        -Post 6245 Joseph Hriczko Post: 29 Clemo St., Buffalo, NY 14206
        -Post 2472 Harry E. Crosby Post: 3354 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, NY 14217
        -Post 6251 Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post: 2450 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga, NY 14225
        -Post 3068 Red Jacket Post: 3210 Genesee St., Buffalo, NY 14225
        -Post 1488 77th Division Post: 67 Federal Ave., Cheektowaga, NY 14225
        -Post 7545 Frontiersmen Post: 110 Elgin St., PO Box 263, Tonawanda, NY 14150
        -Post 5861 Elma Memorial Post: 17 Westview Dr., West Seneca, NY 14224
        -Post 2940 Harvey D. Morin Post: 965 Center Rd., Buffalo, NY 14224
        -Post 8113 West Seneca Post: 299 Leydecker Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224
        -Post 898 Col. John B. Weber Post: South Park Ave., Buffalo, NY 14218
        -Post 9249 Charles N. De Glopper Memorial Post: 2121 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, NY 14072
        -Post 12097 Dorothy Kubik/Katherine Galloway Post: 1016 Sherwood Ct. Depew, NY 14043
        -Post 463 Twin Village Post: 97 Litchfield Ave., Depew, NY 14043
        -Post 1897 Casimir Pulaski Post: 278 N Bryant St., Depew, NY 14043
        -Post 416 Amherst Township Post: 26 Maricrest Dr., Buffalo, NY 14228
        -Post 1419 Hamburg Township Post 1419: 2985 Lakeview Rd., Hamburg, NY 14075
        -Post 517 Herbert E. Shero Post: 65 Church St., Hamburg, NY 14075
        -Post 6247 Orchard Park Post: PO Box 242, Orchard Park, NY 14127
        -Post 7275 Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post: 3741 Walden Ave., Lancaster, NY 14086
        -Post 2556 Cpl. David Finger Tri-Towns Memorial Post: PO Box 125, North Boston, NY 14110
        -Post 917 La Salle-Griffon Post: 2435 Seneca Ave., Niagara Falls, NY 14305
        -Post 54 Niagara Falls Post: 2772 N Main St., Niagara Falls, NY 14305
        -Post 8265 Eden Memorial Post: 2551 March Rd., Eden, NY 14057
        -Post 7967 Alden Memorial Post: PO Box 53, Alden, NY 14004
        -Post 205 Aurora-Cazenovia Post: PO Box 122, East Aurora, NY 14052
        -Post 8693 Colden Post: 8784 Old Lower E. Hill Rd., Colden, NY 14033


        -Phone number:

        -Post 355 Sloan Memorial Post: (716) 892-7310
        -Post 1200 Clarence Memorial Post: (716) 894-5846
        -Post 6245 Joseph Hriczko Post: (716) 854-1000
        -Post 2472 Harry E. Crosby Post: (716) 677-7456
        -Post 6251 Pvt. Leonard Post Jr. Post: (716) 684-4371
        -Post 3068 Red Jacket Post: (716) 200-3492
        -Post 1488 77th Division Post: (716) 632-1564
        -Post 7545 Frontiersmen Post: (716) 693-7160
        -Post 5861 Elma Memorial Post: (716) 674-1850
        -Post 2940 Harvey D. Morin Post: (716) 674-2940
        -Post 8113 West Seneca Post: (716) 675-8113
        -Post 898 Col. John B. Weber Post: (716) 823-9605
        -Post 9249 Charles N. De Glopper Memorial Post: (716) 773-6343
        -Post 12097 Dorothy Kubik/Katherine Galloway Post: (716) 675-8113
        -Post 463 Twin Village Post: (716) 683-7173
        -Post 1897 Casimir Pulaski Post: (716) 684-1907
        -Post 416 Amherst Township Post: (716) 633-9019
        -Post 1419 Hamburg Township Post 1419: (716) 648-2618
        -Post 517 Herbert E. Shero Post: (716) 649-3380
        -Post 6247 Orchard Park Post: (716) 662-3536
        -Post 7275 Lt. Col. Matt Urban Post: (716) 681-8387
        -Post 2556 Cpl. David Finger Tri-Towns Memorial Post: unlisted
        -Post 917 La Salle-Griffon Post: (716) 285-0132
        -Post 54 Niagara Falls Post: (716) 282-7544
        -Post 8265 Eden Memorial Post: (716) 992-9400
        -Post 7967 Alden Memorial Post: unlisted
        -Post 205 Aurora-Cazenovia Post: (716) 652-9862
        -Post 8693 Colden Post: (716) 941-3895

        -Mission:To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military, and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.

        VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America)

        -Website

        -Address:

        -VVA Chapter #268: Lockport, NY
        -VVA Chapter #681: Niagara Falls, NY
        -VVA Chapter #020: Rochester, NY
        -VVA Chapter #077: Tonawanda, NY

        -Phone number:

        -VVA Chapter #268: (716) 434-9485
        -VVA Chapter #681: (716) 283-3738
        -VVA Chapter #020: (585) 482-7396
        -VVA Chapter #077: (716) 693-4479

        -Mission: To advance the work of Vietnam Veterans of America through cooperative projects and programs to facilitate, enhance and improve communication with our members and the general public and to continue legislative efforts to ensure the rights and benefits for all veterans and their families.

        WNY Heroes

        -Website

        -Address: 1125 Main St., Suite 7, Buffalo, NY 14209

        -Phone number: 1-888-400-3892

        -Mission: To provide veterans, members of the armed services, and the widows and children of deceased veterans with access to essential services and resources that support their lives and sustain their dignity.

        WNY Veterans Housing Coalition

        -Website

        -Address: 23 West Utica St., Buffalo NY, 14209

        -Phone number: (716) 882-5935 x23

        -Mission: To provide housing, employment and services for Veterans and other special needs populations.

        Frequently Asked Questions

        How do I know what benefit I’m eligible for?

        A) Our Education Benefits Page (insert link here) has information regarding who is eligible for what benefit and how to apply for it. The VA also has a comprehensive benefit comparison table. The most comprehensive comparison table can be found here. The VA also has tools to determine which benefit is appropriate for you. The Road Map to Success leads you step by step through the process to select and apply for a benefit. For those who believe they may be eligible for chapter 33 benefits, the VA has a Benefit Calculator to give you a rough estimate of what your benefits will look like.

        How do I apply for benefits?

        A) The quickest way to apply for benefits is by using the VONAPP website. For those who wish to fill out a paper form our Education Benefits Page (insert link here) supplies the correct .pdf form for each benefit. Once completed the forms need to be mailed to:

        VA Regional Processing Office

        P. O. Box 4616
        Buffalo, NY
        14240-4616

        When will I start receiving benefits?

        A) Benefits are only paid during the times in which you’re in school. We recommend that you apply for benefits a month at the very least before the semester starts to receive benefits concurrent with the beginning of school. The earlier you apply the less delay you will see in your benefit payments.

        Who receives benefit payments? Myself or the school?

        A) All benefits are paid directly to the individual receiving the benefits, with the exception of chapter 33 tuition and fees. Chapter 33 tuition and fees are paid directly to the school.

        What do I need to do for Trocaire College regarding my benefits?

        A) For students who are applying to the school and have never received benefits: submit a copy of your high school, military, and/or college transcripts the Admissions Office; a copy of your DD214 Discharge to the Registrars Office; and a copy of your certificate of eligibility (issued by the VA upon successful completion of the application for benefits) to our office. Please schedule an appointment with our office to become familiar with us and ensure that your applications for benefits and to the school are going smoothly.

        Returning students will only need to fill out a Gold Card (insert link here) (also available at our office) when they register for classes and drop/add classes.

        Chapter 30, 1606, and 1607 beneficiaries and anyone, including chapter 33, enrolled in a certification program (practical nursing certification, computer network administration certification, etc.) will need to verify their enrollment at Trocaire College at the end of every month using the WAVE website to receive benefits.

        Where can I get a copy of my DD-214?

        A) If you do not have a copy of your DD-214 and need one submit a request online to the National Archives. A standard form 180 can be used in lieu of an online application, and can faxed to 314-801-9195 or mailed to:

        National Personnel Records Center

        1 Archives Drive
        St. Louis, MO 63138

        How do I check on the status of my application and benefits?

        A) Contact the VA’s Education Division by calling 1-888-GI BILL 1 (1-888-442-4551).

        How much money will I receive in benefits?

        A) The money you receive depends on many factors, including what benefit you are eligible for, how many credits you’re taking, length of service, etc. They change every October to reflect the price of living. The most recent pay chart for all benefits (with the exception of chapter 31) can be found here.

        I haven’t received my money yet. How do I find out why I haven’t been paid?

        A) Call the VA at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to find out why you haven’t received benefits.

        Are my benefits taxable?

        A) Your benefits are not taxable.

        What do I do after I register for classes? Do I need to do anything if I drop or add classes later in the semester?

        A) Our office needs you to fill out a Gold Card (insert link here) (also available at our office) when you register for classes and drop/add classes. We need to know what your rate of pursuit is so that we can help you get the correct amount of benefits. Chapter 30, 1606, and 1607 beneficiaries and anyone, including chapter 33, enrolled in a certification program (practical nursing certification, computer network administration certification, etc.) will need to verify their enrollment at Trocaire College at the end of every month using the WAVE website to receive benefits.

        What is debt to the VA? How does someone accrue debt to the VA?

        A) When the VA pays more money than you’re entitled to you accrue a debt to the VA that needs to be paid back. For instance, if you begin the semester with a full time rate of pursuit (12 credits or more) but drop below full time your rate of pursuit will change. Subsequently, your benefits will decrease. If you do not let our office or the VA know you will begin to amass debt. In some instances the school will owe money, as well.

        How do I pay back my debt?

        A) The VA accepts checks, credit cards, debit cards, electronic transfer of funds, and money orders. Payments can be made at online or by calling 1-800-827-0648.

        What if I can’t pay back my debt?

        A) If you’re unable to repay your debt you can call the VA Debt Management Center at 1-800-827-0648 to work out a compromise. You can also email them at dmc.ops@va.gov.

        Contact Information

        Room 325 at the Main Campus
        360 Choate Ave
        Buffalo, NY 14220-2094
        716-827-2553

        Meet the Staff

        Brad_Thumbnail.jpg Brad Baumgardner
        Coordinator of Veteran Services
        716-827-2553
        baumgardnerb@trocaire.edu


        Our Trocaire College veteran services office would like to send a warm welcome to all of our veteran and dependent students. My experience with this position extends to the both the military and civilian arena. I grew up in the southtowns of Buffalo and graduated from Frontier Central High school in 1999. After two semesters in a Syracuse NY community college I joined the active duty component of U.S. Air Force in late 2000 and was stationed at Robins AFB Georgia. Following September 11, 2001 my unit was dispatched to the middle eastern theater, and I completed four deployments before separating from active duty in late 2004. I then began a full time college career at the University at Buffalo while simultaneously joining the Air Force Reserves in Niagara Falls as an aircraft C-130 loadmaster. I graduated UB in the Spring 2008 and began working at the Department of Veteran Affairs in downtown Buffalo processing educational benefits for the entire northeast. I spent most of the 2009-2010 year being activated with the 914th Air Wing (Niagara Falls) spending time in Europe, Africa, and Central America. I finally decided to leave the VA and begin my career in the private sector, starting at Trocaire College as their veterans representative in June 2011. I very much look forward to serving our military families as they begin their college careers, graduate, then find their place in the world. I wish everyone at Trocaire the best of luck as each of you begin a new chapter in your lives.

         

        Other Trocaire Offices

        Admissions Office: (716) 827-2418
        Advisement: (716) 827-2433
        Bookstore: (716) 827-2522
        Career Center: (716) 827-2444
        Computer Help Desk: (716) 827-4331
        Federal (non VA) Work Study Work Study: (716) 827-2567
        Financial Aid: (716) 827-2428
        Main campus: (716) 826-1200
        Palisano Center for Academic Success: (716) 827-2467
        Rachel R. Savarino Library (Main Campus): (716) 827-2436
        Registrars Office: (716) 827-2485
        Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business: (716) 827-4300
        Student Accounts: (716) 827-2512
        Student Affairs: (716) 827-2481
        Trocaire at Transit Library: (716) 827-2523