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Free Vaccinations on campus for Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare!

When: October 17, 2017 from 0900-12 pm

Where: Office of Veteran Student Services, Queen Liliʻuokalani Student Services Building 310

Eligibility: Must be enrolled in VA Healthcare

The OVSS will be hosting free vaccinations for veterans currently enrolled in VA health care. Vaccinations include the flu, HEP A & B, tetanus, pneumonia, and TB tests.

For more information contact the Office of Veteran Student Services: (808) 956-2192 or ovss@hawaii.edu.

Vaccinations for Veterans flyer
Download the Vaccinations for Veterans Enrolled in VA Healthcare flyer here
(PDF) *

Fall 2017 New Student Orientation for Veterans and Military Dependents

Friday, August 11, 2017
UH Mānoa Campus
Queen Liliʻuokalani Center (QLC), Room 412
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

The Office of Veteran Student Services at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa welcomes all veterans and military connected students to attend the Fall 2017 New Student Orientation.

Registration: 8:30 a.m.
Orientation begins: 9:00 a.m.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Veteran student services
  • VA certifying official
  • Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership program
  • Veterans Success on Campus program
  • Other campus resources

RSVP: Online below by Friday, August 4, 2017

For more information contact Kenith Scott, OVSS Director at (808) 956-2192 or kenith@hawaii.edu.

Registration for the Fall 2017 New Student Orientation is now closed.

Parking & Location: Information on campus parking can be found at:

UH Mānoa Visitor Parking Map
UH Mānoa Campus Map

A one-hour campus tour will be at 2 p.m. These tours are offered on a walk-in basis and meet at the Ticket amp; Information Office in the Campus Center. For more information, call (808) 956-7236.

Download event flyer here (PDF) *

Student Work-Study Allowance Program Application

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Student Work-Study Allowance Program:

The Work-Study Allowance Program offers an additional non-taxable allowance to students in return for performing VA-related activities. It serves as a supplemental VA education benefit and often provides the additional funding that allows a student to pursue and accomplish educational goals.

Download the VA Student Work-Study Application (PDF) *

Please include your email address with your application. You may also return the printed form to the Office of Veteran Support Services.

More information, contact: ovss@hawaii.edu

VA's website: www.gibill.va.gov/resources/education_resources/programs/work_study_program.html

Take part in a study of military families:

Ohana Heroes brochure

Download the Ohana Heroes Project brochure (PDF) *

More information, visit: http://www.ohanaheroes.com/

In the News: UH System News

UH seeks nominations for student veterans task force
Posted: Oct 01, 2013

University of Hawaiʻi Interim President David Lassner is looking for UH staff, faculty, community members, government officials, UH veteran students and graduates interested in working together to recommend how to improve services for the UH System student veterans.

Read the full UH System news article >>

2015 Veteran’s Day Celebration

November 9, 2015, 10:30am - 12:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Hawaiʻi Hall Lawn

2015 Veteran’s Day Celebration

Light refreshments will be served. No cost to attend.

Join UH Mānoa Nursing to honor veterans and learn about exciting new programs designed to assist veterans’ return to college. UH Mānoa Nursing is a partner in the Veterans Administration Nursing Academic Partnership and recently received funding for the Vets-to-BSN Program.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and pledged to support the Joining Forces National Presidential Initiative.

Learn about support services available to veterans and visit with the Wounded Warrior Project, Team Red, White & Blue, Honolulu Veterans Center, Transitional Assistance, and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Persons with disability-related access needs are invited to contact Carlyn Okatomi at (808) 956-0896 or carlynli@hawaii.edu by Monday, Nov. 2, 2015.

Pay-to-Park visitor parking is available along Varney Circle for $2 per 30 minutes, maximum 3-hours. Visit manoa.hawaii.edu/commuter/visitor.php for more information. Vehicles with government license plates are exempt from paying for parking and may park in any unmarked/non-green colored stall.

Event Sponsor: UH Mānoa Nursing - Veterans to Nurses Program, Mānoa Campus

More Information: Carlyn Okatomi, (808) 956-0896, carlynli@hawaii.edu, http://www.nursing.hawaii.edu/veteransday2015

Download the 2015 Veteran’s Day Celebration flyer (PDF)*

2015 Annual Veterans Conference: Boots to Books

Monday, April 27, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

UHM Campus Center Ballroom

The 2015 Annual Veterans Conference is focused on transitioning from military to college.

The conference will include guest speakers, student veteran panel, and information regarding current veteran initiative on the Mānoa campus.

Lunch will be provided, please RSVP for the event.

Registration Deadline: April 20, 2015

Download the 2015 Annual Veterans Conference - Tentative Agenda (PDF) *

Download the 2015 Annual Veterans Conference flyer (PDF) *

Office of Veteran Student Services Email: ovss@hawaii.edu

4th Annual Veterans Conference

The Office of Veteran Student Services will sponsor the 4th Annual Veterans Conference entitled Responding to Student Diversity: Understanding Service Members and Veterans.

March 19, 2014, 7:15 AM – 3:00 pm,
March 20, 2014, 7:15 AM – 4:00 pm

UHM Campus Center Ballroom

The veterans conference is free for all those interested in attending.

Day one of the conference will be focused on training for staff, faculty, and community leaders on student veteran related issues.

Day two will be dedicated to students that are affiliated with the military; active duty, reservist, dependents, and veterans.

However, ALL are welcome to attend both days!

Walk-in registration only, without lunch, is accepted at the door.

Office of Veteran Student Services: ovss@hawaii.edu

Download the 4th Annual Veterans Conference flyer (PDF) *

The VA Clinic at Tripler and List of Flu Champions

The VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System Opportunities for Influenza Vaccination:

All VA employees and Veterans can receive free flu shots at the Spark M. Matsunaga Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) Lobby 1st floor at the following times:

In the Lobby with VANA Students:

Tuesday October 8 from 9am to 1130am and 1pm to 230pm
Thursday October 10 9am to 1130am and 1pm to 230pm
Tuesday October 22 9am to 11am
Thursday October 24 9am to 11am
Tuesday October 29 9am to 11am
Thursday October 31 9am to 11am
Thursday November 14 9am to 11am

For other locations or more information, download:

VA Pacific Island Health Care System opportunities to get the influenza vaccination and list of flu champions working close to you (PDF) *

Vet Success on Campus Workshop

January 15, 2014
10:30am - 12:00pm

Meet Your VSOC Counselor

VA is strengthening partnerships with institutions of higher learning and creating opportunities to help Veterans achieve success by providing outreach and transition services during their transition from military to college life. VSOC Counselors ensure that Veterans receive the support and assistance needed to pursue their educational and employment goals. VSOC Counselors are easily accessible on campus they help resolve problems that could potentially interfere with a Veteran's educational program, to include assisting with disability accommodations.

Contact ovss@hawaii.edu to register for the workshop.

Download the VSOC Workshop flyer (PDF) *

Honoring All Who Served: Veterans' Day

Honoring All Who Served
National Roll Call: In Remembrance

On this Veterans' Day, we honor all those who have served our country.

Vet Week Activities 2013

Vet Week Activities: 11-15 November 2013

Monday, 11 November 2013

Veteran's Day
5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Hale Koa Hotel
Pre-Conference Gathering Luau (Hale Koa Hotel)
Details can be found at www.hawaii.edu/uhelp/conference/index.html
Scroll of "The Fallen" on UH website

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hale Koa Hotel
International Elder Law Conference with a Veteran Focus
Topics will be Veteran Court and Advocates, Women in the Military, Support for PTSD and TBI injuries
Register at www.hawaii.edu/uhelp/conference/index.html

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hale Koa Hotel
International Elder Law Conference with a Veteran Focus
Topics will be International Perspectives on Elder Law, Veteran law and older immigrants, Death Zone and Darling Spies, Law School Vet Clinics, Veteran Lawyer Training, Divorce and Special Needs planning for active duty personnel and veterans
Register at www.hawaii.edu/uhelp/conference/index.html

Thursday, 14 November 2013

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Resume Writing Workshop
This workshop will provide assistance with writing a resume using non-military language

Friday, 15 November 2013

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Vet Success on Campus (VSOC) Training
Bill Newton will provide insight on the various programs and services that the VSOC offers

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
"The Challenges of Transitioning"
Speaker Christopher Slavens, Transition Patient Advocate for OIF/OEF/Iraqi Freedom and combat veteran will share insight on helpful tools to use to have a smooth transition

Contact Office of Veteran Support Services at ovss@hawaii.edu to RSVP.

Translating a Military Resume to a Civilian Resume Workshop

October 24, 2013
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

This workshop helps veterans identify their core dependable strengths and translate their military-related skills on their resume to relevant skills in the civilian work place.

For more information or to RSVP email ovss@hawaii.edu

Download the OVSS Resume Workshop flyer (PDF) *


The Veterans Field Guide details off-campus Veteran Affairs services that are impacted by the government shutdown. UH Mānoa campus resources are not affected and will remain in operation.

Please contact the Office of Veteran Support Services with any questions.

VA - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - addresses veterans' issues on the government shutdown at the link below:

Download the Veterans Field Guide to Government Shutdown (PDF) *
(Updated Oct. 1, 2013)

The Mobile Veterans Center Returns to UH Mānoa

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
8:30am - 2:30pm
Mānoa Campus, Legacy Path between Andrews Outdoor Theater and Krauss Hall

The Mobile Veterans Center is a wheel-chair accessible, fully equipped mobile unit that includes a private meeting room; educational materials; and free and confidential counseling by trained VA Readjustment Counselors who have first-hand knowledge of the issues faced by returning veterans and their loved ones. Services include individual, couples, and family therapy aimed at helping to address the social, economic, and/or trauma-related needs of combat veterans and their families. There is also a wealth of information about benefits, entitlements, and services. All are welcome.

mobile Vet Center Flyer 1    mobile Vet Center Flyer 2

Download the Fall 2013 flyer -I (PDF)*
Download the Fall 2013 flyer -II (PDF)*

VA worker Travis Schmidt providing information to a UH student, Sept. 10, 2013.
VA worker Travis Schmidt providing information to a UH student at the Mobile Veterans Center, Sept. 10, 2013.

More about the Mobile Veterans Center in OSA News & Events >>

Blurred Lines… PTSD and Life After Military Service

September 26, 2013, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Please help us welcome Dr. Steve Watkins and Christopher Slavens as they share personal stories. Dr. Watkins is currently at work on a series of paranormal war history novels for Scholastic, and a post-Iraq and Afghanistan-war novel for Candlewick. He has written a series of articles on a family struggling with the effects of PTSD. Christopher Slavens is a Transition Patient Advocate for the Operation Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom/New Transition Support Program at the Honolulu VA and a Combat Veteran. He will be sharing his experiences with chronic PTSD.

Blurred Lines… PTSD and Life After Military Service flyer
Download the Blurred Lines… PTSD and Life After Military Service flyer (PDF)*

The Office of Veteran Student Services Grand Opening & Open House

September 19, 2013, 10:00am - 2:00pm
QLCSS 214L and 208

You are invited to attend the The Office of Veteran Student Services' (OVSS) Open House.
Please come join us! Pupus and drinks will be served.

The Office of Veteran Student Services
Download the OVSS Open House flyer (PDF)*

More Information: Office of Veteran Student Services, 956-2192, ovss@hawaii.edu

"To Bear a Special Responsibility"

Remarks by Representative K. Mark Takai

On April 26, 2011, an inaugural event was held at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM) entitled "Responding to Student Diversity: Understanding Service Members and Veterans." State Representative Mark Takai (District 34 Aiea-Pearl City), a 12 year veteran in the Hawaii Army National Guard, attended the event and was the keynote speaker.

…"When our young men and women in both our standing and reserve units are called to serve, that war or conflict happening on the other side of the world suddenly becomes very personal to all of us. And that's as it should be, not because we have a son or daughter; brother or sister serving, but because everyone who serves our country is someone son or daughter; someone's brother or sister. And we, who are the beneficiaries of that service and sacrifice, bear a special responsibility to our service members and to those who support them. I bear a special responsibility…," stated Representative Takai.

Representative K. Mark Takai's Keynote Address

*Note: PDF files require Adobe Reader

In the News: UH Mānoa News

UH Mānoa, Veterans Affairs will pay tuition, fees for 15 military veterans
Posted: Aug. 12, 2011

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Yellow Ribbon Program and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will grant 15 master's degree students at the Mānoa campus up to $5,000 per academic year, starting in the Fall 2011 semester, which begins August 22.

…Said Vice Chancellor for Students Francisco Hernandez, "We are proud to partner with a program that provides tuition relief to such deserving veterans and services members. This is the beginning of what will be our best effort to provide enhanced services and show our support to those women and men who have served or continue to serve our country."…

Read the full UH Mānoa news article >>