Our Mission
The Howard College Veterans Advisor is here to assist Veterans and their families in achieving academic, personal, and professional success. To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.
Our Vision
Our vision is to be the college of choice for military personnel, Veterans, and their families. We assist individuals in a seamless transition from military to civilian life by informing of educational benefits, encouraging campus and community engagement, and helping to provide a positive experience through degree completion and on to a successful future. We prepare them for employment or get them ready to move on to a 4 year University. We believe in total care of the Veteran, military personnel, and their families. You didn’t serve alone, you didn’t deploy alone; at Howard College – We got your 6!
Our Values
The Howard College Veterans Department embraces the following values: Service: We appreciate your service and understand the diversity of thought and experience you bring to Howard College. It’s our turn to serve you. Commitment: We will connect you to campus and community resources enhancing your overall college experience to provide a greater chance of successful academic achievement and degree completion. We are committed in easing the transition from Military to civilian life and offer tools to make that transition a successful one. Integrity: We treat everyone with the dignity and respect that you have earned and that we all expect from others.

Chapter 30 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/montgomery_bill.asp

  • Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB-AD)
    • Provides education benefits to Veterans and Service members who have at least two years of active duty.
  • Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB-SR)
    • Program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments.

Chapter 31 https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/application_roadmap.asp

  • Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
    • If you have a service-connected disability (SCD) that prevents you from continuing your former career, you may be able to receive one-on-one support from VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program to help you identify and prepare for exciting new employment opportunities.

Chapter 32 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/veap.asp

  • Chapter 32 Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
    • VEAP is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. The government matches your contributions on a 2-for-1 basis.

Chapter 33 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp

  • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill
    • If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. Purple Heart recipients, regardless of length of service, are qualified for Post-9/11 benefits at the 100% level. Certain members of the Reserves who lost education benefits when REAP was sunset in November 2015, may also be eligible to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill Transfer
    • The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Service members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The request to transfer unused GI Bill benefits to eligible dependents must be completed while serving as an active member of the Armed Forces.  The Department of Defense (DOD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family. Once the DoD approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them at VA.

Chapter 35 https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/DEA.asp

  • Chapter 35 Dependents Education Assistance Program
    • The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

Chapter 1607 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/veap.asp

  • Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
    • Provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress.


  • Offers Veterans, Service members, and their family’s education benefits like help paying tuition, help finding the right school or training program, and career counseling. Explore your benefit options.


  • This is where you will access and print VA Education Benefits eligibility information for Post-9/11 GI Bill, view payment history details for all VA benefits, download your DD214 or active/reserve orders, update your contact and bank account information with VA, submit your monthly enrollment verification for Ch. 30 and 1606 to name a few


  • Apply to use the Hazelwood Act
  • The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees.

Scholarships Available to Veterans, Service Members, and their Families

In addition to Veteran Scholarships, all Howard College Students can pursue other scholarship opportunities found here


Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund

The Freedom Alliance Scholarship fund is for the children of military personnel who have been killed or permanently disabled in an operational mission or training accident.


Heroes Legacy Scholarship:  A program of the Fisher House Foundation

The “Heroes’ Legacy Scholarships” program honors not only those who have fallen in battle, but all who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 22, 2001.  The program is open to their dependent unmarried children under the age of 23.  A disability is defined as one that results in the service member being eligible for, and receiving, Traumatic Service members’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) or a permanent and total disability compensations rating of 100%.


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The VA Advanced Fellowships Programs offer post-residency, post-doctoral, and past postmasters fellowships to physicians and dentists, and associated health professions including but not limited to nurses, psychologists, social workers, and pharmacists.  Although most Advanced Fellowship programs target clinical professions several programs offer training for non-clinical healthcare professions.


Office of Academic Affiliations Scholarship

Education and Training:  The end of military service marks the start of something new.  With VA benefits, get educated and trained for just about any career you can imagine.


Pat Tillman Foundation

Unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self.


AFCEA Scholarship

Many of AFCEA’s chapters provide scholarships, grants and tuition assistance for aspiring engineer, technicians, programmers, military personnel and government officials.  Financial assistance is made available for students living or attending school with each chapter’s local community.


Folds of Honor

Provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.


Veterans of Foreign Wars “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship”

The VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” provides service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt.  It’s just another way for us to say “thank you” to those who fought for our freedoms.


American Veterans – The Caccomo Memorial Scholarship

The Caccomo Memorial is in memory and honoring Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo, who immigrated from Rome to the United States in the 1950’s and became a physician, orthopedic surgeon, and Army Reservist.  He served his adopted country in the Special Forces and retired as a Colonel.  Dr. Caccomo spent the last fifteen years of his life serving at the University of Illinois in Chicago under the Department to of Orthopedics and establishing his Family Foundation, which provides these meaningful and impactful scholarships for our veterans.


The American Legion Auxiliary

The American Legion Auxiliary  offers multiple scholarship opportunities.  The American Legion Auxiliary believes that the more knowledge our young people gain, the better citizens they will become. That is why the organization is so committed to education. Investing in the education of our young people is investing in the future of our country.  Time and again we hear about the difference an American Legion Auxiliary scholarship has made in a person’s life, providing unimagined experiences and opening up a world of opportunities. The Auxiliary supports a number of scholarship programs that benefit veterans, the children of our veterans, and the members of the organizations within The American Legion Family.  If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, check out the scholarship links for eligibility requirements, deadlines, and application forms, by clicking Apply.


The American Legion

The American Legion offers multiple scholarship opportunities.  The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.  Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Operation Comfort Warriors program supports recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing them with “comfort items” and the kind of support that makes a hospital feel a little bit more like home. The Legion also raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families during times of need and to provide college scholarship opportunities.


VFW Auxiliary Scholarship

The VFW Auxiliary is please to present the Continuing Education Scholarship to assist members and their immediate family members who wish to further their education by pursuing a college degree or career direction at a vocational/technical school.


Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

A surviving spouse or a surviving child of a deceased service member or a deceased Veteran of the U.S. Military, OR you must be a Veteran with a 100% service-connected disability.


Thanks USA

Providing need-based college, technical and vocational school scholarships and pathways to meaningful employment for children and spouses of U.S. military personnel.


Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Applicants must be the child of one of the following:  Active duty or reserve U.S. Marine; Veteran U.S. Marine who has received an honorable discharge, or who was killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps; Active duty or or reserve U.S. Navy Corpsman who is serving, or has served, with a U.S. Marine unit;  Veteran U.S. Navy Corpsman who served with a U.S. Marine unit and has received an honorable discharge, or was killed while serving in the U.S. Navy as a Corpsman attached to a Marine unit.


My Career Advancement Account Scholarship

This scholarship is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance to eligible military spouses.  The scholarship assists military spouses in pursing licenses, certificates, certifications or associate degrees necessary to gain employment in high-demand, high-growth portable career fields and occupations.


Other Resources

If you have any questions about the Howard College Veterans Programs, or Veterans Benefits in general, please contact Luis Martinez. Asst. Director of Veteran Affairs. Luis's office is on the San Angelo Campus but he can assist with any Howard College Veterans needs.

(325) 481-8300 x 3254