Veterans Services

Thank you

We are proud to have you at Southwestern Illinois College and greatly appreciate your time in service to our nation. We are pleased that you have chosen to make SWIC a part of your life.

Certify your spring classes

Be sure to visit one of the SWIC Veterans Services offices early to complete your paperwork for the spring semester. The earlier you complete the paperwork, the sooner your classes will be certified.

Back to Top Registration for Student Veterans

Getting started at SWIC

Back to Top VetSuccess on Campus: Tools for Success

The Dept. of Veterans Affairs selected SWIC for the VetSuccess on Campus. Through the VSOC program, the VA places experienced vocational rehabilitation counselors on selected college campuses to assist the growing number of service members, veterans and dependents attending school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other VA educational programs.

The VSOC counselors are trained to provide academic and vocational guidance to veterans and help connect them to other VA benefits, including health care and mental health services. The VSOC counselors maintain close relationships with local VA Vet Centers and VA medical facilities, referring service members, veterans and dependents as needed and providing assistance in applying for VA medical and nonmedical benefits. SWIC’s VSOC counselor is Armando De La Garza

VetSuccess on Campus services are available to service members and veterans eligible for any of VA’s educational programs, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill, as well as VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. VSOC counselors can also assist dependents of Veterans who are receiving VA education benefits, including eligible spouses attending school through the Post 9/11 GI Bill and eligible children.

In addition, VA’s Education and Career Counseling Program offers a great opportunity for transitioning service members and veterans to get personalized counseling and support to guide their career paths, ensure most effective use of their VA benefits and help them achieve their goals.

Call 618-222-5554 or stop by MC 1240 in Veterans & Career Services on the Belleville Campus to make an appointment with Armando.

VA’s GI Bill website offers tools to help veterans transition from military service to student success. For career assistance, including connecting to employers looking to hire service members, veterans and dependents, the new Veterans Employment Center on eBenefits is a one-stop-shop offering online tools and resources.

Back to Top VA Work Study

Would you like to assist your fellow Veteran students? If you are receiving VA benefits under Chapter 30, 31, 33, 35, 1606 or 1607 and are attending school at least 3/4 time, you may be eligible to participate in the VA Work-Study Program. The program includes a minimum wage non-taxable salary, and hours are scheduled around your classes. If you are interested please complete the application and inquire in the Veterans Services office at the Belleville Campus. Download the SWIC VA Work Study Application.

Back to Top Veteran to Veteran Tutoring

Work with a Veteran tutor in the Success Center!

Back to Top Student Veterans Group

The SWIC chapter of Student Veterans of America is available to provide support and advocacy for fellow student veterans. Stop by their office located inside of the Veterans Student Center, room MC1245 at the Belleville Campus.