George Mason University Office of Military Services

Vet Success Program

Your transition from active duty to college life is made easier with professional assistance from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) staff at GMU with one full-time vocational rehabilitation counselor stationed on-campus.

Mason's VetSuccess Counselor is:

Valerie L. Smith
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
National Capital Region Benefits Office
1722 I (Eye) Street, NW
Washington, DC 20421
Phone: 202.530.9154
Fax: 202.530.9171

VetSuccess counselors provide information, guidance, support, counseling, advising, assistance and referrals for:

  • VA benefits
  • VA education benefits
  • VA medical centers
  • disability compensation
  • vocational exploration, career goals
  • on-campus resources, services
  • federal job searches

If you would like to schedule a meeting with our Vet Success Counselor, please contact Valerie Smith via e-mail ( or 202-530-9154.

About Vet Success On-Campus

The Vet Success On-Campus program is a collaborative effort between George Mason University and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) with the purpose of providing a supportive on-campus environment for student veterans. Services provided will enable student veterans to make a smooth transition to college life and successfully complete their educational programs.

The VA has placed one full-time, experienced Vocational Counselor on the George Mason campus. This counselor will serve as a "one-stop liaison" for veterans, active duty military and their eligible family members who attend or plan to attend GMU.

Your Vet Success On-Campus counselor can assist you with:

  • Information on VA educational benefits to include: Montgomery GI Bill® (Chapter 30), Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33), Survivors & Dependents Benefits (Chapter 35), Montgomery GI Bill®; Selected Reserves (Chapter 1606), Vocational Rehabilitation (Chapter 31) and other VA and non-VA educational benefits
  • How to apply for and maximize your VA educational benefits should you be eligible for multiple benefits
  • Understanding and applying for Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Chapter 31)
  • Vocational exploration and career counseling services
  • Job placement assistance and referrals to state employment agencies and services
  • Information on applying for other VA benefits to include disability compensation, Life Insurance and Home Loan Guarantees
  • Assistance with electing healthcare benefits through the Veterans Health Administration
  • Information and referrals for VA medical and mental health services
  • Referrals to on-campus, community and VA resources to ensure academic success
  • Understanding your tuition, fees and BAH (if applicable)

Contact your GMU’s Vet Success Counselor for your one stop experience today!