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Resources for Military and Veteran Students at Westfield State

Posted by Kelly Hart on Dec 8, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Dedicated Office of Veteran and Military Services

Veterans, military, guard, reserve and family members can face unique challenges at school. Between applying for benefits and mapping out a semester’s worth of classes, it can seem overwhelming. Let us show you how we can help.

Resources. It’s all about the resources. “No student can survive without resources!” says Veteran and Military Services coordinator, Lisa Ducharme.

 Lisa is one of two veteran and military service reps on campus. Together, they work directly with military-connected students. They will help you get the most out of your benefits, plan out your classes and even connect you with faculty members. Once you’ve started working with Lisa, she’ll put you on her “Pathway to Success.”

“It guides students from education to career. Not just a job, but a career.” She meets with students to develop a yearly action plan with goals and checkpoints to help them along the way. If a student is hitting an obstacle, whether at school or home, Lisa makes it her mission to provide them with the right tools so they can overcome it. They work with both on-campus services like the Academic Skills Coordinator and off-campus organizations like Veterans, Inc., to help students in need.

So why choose Westfield State University? Well for starters, size. Westfield State is a smaller school with smaller class sizes. That means you’ll have direct contact with your teachers and other faculty members. They’ll get to know you and the challenges you face. Having an established connection with your faculty is a key to succeeding in education. They will be there to guide you to your goals and help you get past the obstacles that are sure to come.

A Westfield State Veterans Associations was recently established on campus and Military Center of Excellence is soon to come next. This will not only be a one-stop shop, but it will also give you the opportunity to collaborate with other military-connected students and provide the camaraderie many military and veteran students are looking for.

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Connect with our dedicated Veteran representatives:

Lisa Ducharme

Veteran and Military Services Coordinator

(413) 572-8370


Charles "Chuck" Towse

President, WSU Veteran's Association



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