Student Affairs

Veteran Services

Green River College is committed to the success of their student veterans and their families. We strive to be the most veteran-supportive campus in the United States. We realize that these men and women bring a tremendous amount of life experience to our campus and our lives have been greatly enhanced by their personal sacrifice. 

Use this site to find important information about available services and resources. If you feel that we are missing something please feel free to let us know!

Thank you for choosing Green River College and WELCOME to our campus! It is our honor to serve you!

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Upcoming Events

April 7th @ 11:00 am- Green River Veteran Association Meeting

Veterans Resource Center (Lindbloom Center room 130)

The Green River Veteran Association will be meeting to discuss current events, local initiatives, and group activities. All veterans (students, staff, and faculty) and their families are encouraged to attend. Meetings usually last about one hour.  

April 7th to 21st- Veterans Eyeglass Drive

Drop donations off @ the Veterans Resource Center (Lindbloom Center room 130) or WorkForce Education (Cedar Hall room 303)

Your donation of gently used eyeglasses will support local programs that help those in need. Please contact Krystal Austin, Vet Corps member, with any questions.  

April 7th to 21st- Veterans Food Drive

Drop donations off @ the Veterans Resource Center (Lindbloom Center room 130) or the Zgolinski Welcome Center (front desk)

The City of Auburn Food bank serves many within our local community and are in constant need of canned and non-perishable good. Please consider a small contribution, to that they can continue with their mission of feeding those in need. Please contact Steve Thompson, Vet Corps member, with any questions. 

April 8th @ 11:00 am- Veteran Services Information Session

Veterans Resource Center (Lindbloom Center room 130)

Are you new to Green River? Interested in learning more about VA education benefits? Drop in on one of our Veteran Services Information Session! Each of our information sessions provides you with an overview of your VA education benefits and a chance to have an interactive discussion about being a student veteran at Green River College. You'll be able to learn about resources available to you and meet some other student veterans. Email us to sign up or to learn more details. 

April 15th @ 11:00- Veteran Services Information Session

Veterans Resource Center (Lindbloom Center room 130)

Are you new to Green River? Interested in learning more about VA education benefits? Drop in on one of our Veteran Services Information Session! Each of our information sessions provides you with an overview of your VA education benefits and a chance to have an interactive discussion about being a student veteran at Green River College. You'll be able to learn about resources available to you and meet some other student veterans. Email us to sign up or to learn more details. 

April 16th @ 6:30 pm- Veterans Movie Night

Wesley Homes- Lea Hill, 32049 109th Place Southwest, Auburn, WA

Once a month the Green River Veteran Association, VFW Post 1741, and the staff at Wesley Homes Lea Hill partner together to offer a veterans movie night. The event brings multiple generations of veterans and their families together for a chance to build community and establish camaraderie for those who have served. Drinks and refreshments are provided. Please contact Timm Lovitt, Director of Veteran Services, for more details.  

April 22nd @ 11:00 am- Veteran Services Information Session

Veterans Resource Center (Lindbloom Student Center room 130)

Are you new to Green River? Interested in learning more about VA education benefits? Drop in on one of our Veteran Services Information Session! Each of our information sessions provides you with an overview of your VA education benefits and a chance to have an interactive discussion about being a student veteran at Green River College. You'll be able to learn about resources available to you and meet some other student veterans. Email us to sign up or to learn more details. 

April 28th @ 6:30 pm- VFW Post 1741 Meeting

1525 A Street Northeast, Suite# 107, Auburn, WA

VFW Post 1741 in Auburn hosts a monthly dinner and post meeting. Veterans who meet their membership criteria are encouraged to attend the dinners and see what the post has to offer. The group is highly active within the local community and their members are networked throughout the region. 

April 29th @ 11:00 am & 4:00 pm- Veteran Services Information Session

Veterans Resource Center (Lindbloom Center room 130)

Are you new to Green River? Interested in learning more about VA education benefits? Drop in on one of our Veteran Services Information Session! Each of our information sessions provides you with an overview of your VA education benefits and a chance to have an interactive discussion about being a student veteran at Green River College. You'll be able to learn about resources available to you and meet some other student veterans. Email us to sign up or to learn more details.

Getting Started

Starting your college career can be confusing; we're here to help! Below is a step-by-step guide that will help you navigate the admission and registration processes. It should provide you everything you'll need to know about starting out, but if you have any questions please feel free to contact the Veteran Services office. 

Step 1: Apply for VA education benefits

You'll want to make sure that you apply for VA education benefits as soon as you can. This lets the VA know that you intend to go to school and that you'd like to use you benefits. Once you've applied the VA will send you a Certificate of Eligibility (COE). If you'll be using the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill we will need a copy of your COE.

If you have any questions about applying for VA education benefits please call the VA Regional Processing Center at 888-442-4551. 

Step 2: Sign up for admission to Green River College

After you've applied for your VA education benefits you'll want to sign up for admission to Green River College (GRC). You will be asked to enter personal information (name, mailing address, etc.) and you will be given a Student Identification Number (SID). You'll also receive instructions for setting up your student email account. Make sure that you set up your student email account, as this is how the college will get a hold of you for any/every reason. Please note that there is a $20 admissions fee that the VA does not cover. Important: make sure that you have all of your previous transcripts sent to Green River College. This is a requirement by the VA and could impact your ability to use VA education benefits. 

If you have any questions about the admission process please call Enrollment Services at 253-833-9111 ext.2500 or send them an email

Step 3: Attend a Veteran Services information session

There are several different VA education benefit programs. Each of them have their own specific rules and guidelines. It is important to know these details, so that you can avoid confusion in the future. Veteran Services offers a weekly information session for new and returning students. Details about each of the VA education benefits are highlighted, as well as other services and resources that are available to you while you are at Green River College (GRC).

Email Veteran Services with your name and phone number, Student Identification Number (SID), which benefit you'd like to use, and when you'd like to start. We will then contact you to schedule your information session. Make sure to bring a copy of your DD 214 and Certificate of Eligibility (COE). 

Step 4: Meet with an Entry Advisor

The next step will be for you to meet with one of our Entry Advisors in the Welcome Center. Entry Advisors help figure out what courses you'll need as a new student to Green River College (GRC). Some students may have to take a placement test to determine which courses they need to start with. There is a $20 assessment fee that the VA does not cover. If you have attended college before make sure you bring a copy of any unofficial transcripts you may have. Also, if you've taken another placement test at another college please bring a copy of your results in with you; we will honor those results. 

If you have questions about the assessment process or to meet with an Entry Advisor please call 253-333-6000 or send them an email

Step 5: Attend a Student Orientation to Advising and Registration (SOAR) session

All students who are new to Green River College (GRC) must attend a Student Orientation to Advising and Registration (SOAR) session. This helps you become familiar with the advising process at GRC and with registering for classes. You will need to schedule a SOAR session before you are able to register for your classes. Most students register for their first quarter of classes at the SOAR session. 

Please email Veteran Services to reserve a seat in a SOAR session. We will need your name and Student Identification Number (SID).

Step 6: Request certification for VA Education Benefits

Almost there! The last step is to request certification for VA education benefits. All students collecting VA education benefits must do this every quarter that they intend to use their benefits. A step-by-step guide is located in the next tab (above).

If you have any questions about requesting certification for VA education benefits please contact the Veteran Services office.  

Requesting Certification

Students wanting to use VA education benefits must request certification every quarter. The process for doing so is outlined below, in step-by-step order.

Step 1: Check your registration access time

Enrollment Services assigns registration access times for all students. This information is updated every quarter and can be accessed here. Double check your access time to ensure that you are able and ready to register for classes. Veterans may also be eligible for priority registration. Individuals must meet the established eligibility criteria and submit a copy of their DD 214 to Enrollment Services. 

Step 2: Register for classes

Look at your intended program of study and pick courses that fit within your degree plan. The VA will only pay for courses that are required within your current program of study. Advisors are available if you need help determining what courses you need.

Contact the Career and Advising Center at 253-833-9111 ext. 2641 or by sending them an email.

Step 3: Put together your quarterly enrollment request (QER) packet

In order to be certified for your VA education benefits you must submit a quarterly enrollment request (QER) packet. This includes: QER checklist, completed QER form, copy of your course schedule, and an expanded copy of your degree audit.

Please contact Veteran Services with any questions relating to the QER packet.  

Step 4: Turn in your QER packet (within 4 days of registering)

You must turn your QER packet within 4 days of registering for classes. This helps us get a hold (if eligible) on your account, so that you will not be dropped for a lack of payment. All QER packets must be turned in to the Career and Advising Center to be reviewed. 

Step 5: Check your student email account

If there are any problems with your paperwork you will be notified through your student email address. If your paperwork is incomplete, or your classes do not fit within your program of study we will let you know. Remember to check your student email regularly. 

Step 6: Verify your attendance

Chapters 30, 1606, and 1607: complete every month by calling 1-877-823-2378 or through the online portal.

Chapter 33 and 33T: complete the attendance verification form and turn in to Veteran Services by the end of the first week of the quarter. 

Chapter 35: you do not need to verify your attendance. 

Resources

Below are some resources that you may find useful. If you see something that could benefit other veterans, but is not listed please feel free to bring it to our attention. 

Federal Resources

American Lake VA Hospital

9600 Veterans Way, Tacoma, WA

253-582-8440 or 800-329-8387

Federal Way Vet Center

32020 32nd Avenue S, Suite 110, Federal Way, WA

253-838-3090

Federal Benefits Guide for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors

This guide is an online version of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) publication. It is a comprehensive guide to all VA benefits that veterans and their families are entitled to. Some of the more notable chapters include: healthcare benefits, service connected disabilities, education and training, home loan guarantee.

E-Benefits

The VA has shifted many of their processes and applications online. Visit this site to apply for a wide variety of their programs and/or manage your personal information online. 

Federal Employment

Federal agencies grant veterans preference points during the hiring process. Learn more about that process, as well as find current opportunities here. 

Disability Compensation
The disability compensation process can be difficult to navigate and it helps to have current, up-to-date information. This site provides some general guidelines about the compensation claim process.

Make sure you visit the local resources tab to find a local Veteran Service Officer (VSO) to help you navigate the process! 

Invisible Wounds

Post-Traumatic Stress

Traumatic Brain Injury

Military Sexual Trauma

State Resources

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs

1102 Quince Street S.E., Olympia, WA

360-725-2200 or 1-800-562-0132

Counseling Services

Washington State provides free counseling services to qualifying veterans and their families. Visit the WDVA website for more information and a list of providers near you. 

State Employment

Washington State provides veterans preference for state employment opportunities. 

Free and Reduced Rate Passes

Many veterans and disabled veterans are eligible to receive reduced and/or free rate passes for various services in Washington. Some of these include: fishing and hunting licenses, camping in state parks, ferry rides.

Emergency Funding

Several state-wide grant opportunities exist for veterans who may be in financial need. These programs are operated by the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA). 

County Resources

King County Veterans and Human Services Levy

King County is one of the first counties in the nation to pass a voter-backed veterans levy. The levy provides for social services and programs aimed at reducing veteran homelessness, criminal justice system involvement, and increasing self-sufficiency by means of employment. 

King County Veterans Program

Local Resources

Veteran Service Officers

VFW Post 1741

John Ely and Roger Flygare

253-640-1111 or vfw1741@gmail.com

Veterans Emergency Transitions (VET) Fund

The Green River College has created an emergency transitions fund for veterans in order to help with unexpected financial hardships for student veterans. If you or someone you know is experiencing a financial crisis while they are attending classes please feel free to contact us for a VET Fund application. 


Veteran Scholarships

Green River offers many different veteran scholarships. Please visit the Foundation's webpage for more information about available opportunities and information about upcoming deadlines. 

Hours & Contact

The Veteran Services Office is located on the second floor in the Lindbloom Student Center (LC building), near Financial Aid and Counseling Services. 

The Veterans Resource Center is located on the first floor of the LC building in room 130. 

Krystal Austin, Vet Corps Navigator

Krystal is one of our Vet Corps Navigators and is located in our Veterans Resource Center. She assists veterans, and their family members, by connecting them to resources both on and off campus. Please feel free to drop by, say hello, and learn about the available resources. Krystal is proudly serving in the Washington National Guard.  

Office Location: Veterans Resource Center- Lindbloom Center (LC) room 130

Office Hours: Mon. Wed. Fri.= 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Tues. Thurs. = 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 2277 Email: kaustin@greenriver.edu  

Steve Thompson, Vet Corps Navigator

Steve is our second Vet Corps Navigator and is also located in our Veterans Resource Center. Steve is here to help all veterans and their family members by connecting them to the resources that are available. Steve proudly served over 20 years in the United States Army.

Office Location: Lindbloom Center (LC) room 130 Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 2277 Email: sthompson@greenriver.edu 

Timm Lovitt, Director of Veteran Services

Timm is the Director of Veteran Services and provides general oversight and strategic direction for the Veteran Services program. He serves in a wide variety of ways on campus and can help students connect to resources and services on-campus and in the community. Timm proudly served 5 years in the Army.

Office Location: Lindbloom Center (LC) room 233

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 6:30 am to 4:00 pm      

Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 2559

Email: tlovitt@greenriver.edu 

Sandra Mathews, Program Specialist 2

Sandra is our School Certifying Official and helps certify all of our VA funded students. She is the face of VA compliance for the institution and works hard to ensure that students are able to make informed decisions about using their VA benefits. Sandra has been a proud member of the Gator community for over 22 years. 

Office Location: Lindbloom Center (LC) room 237

Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Fridays 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 2465

Email: smathews@greenriver.edu 

Manila Mercurio, Program Coordinator

Manila is the program coordinator for Veteran Services and helps students navigate the paperwork that is required for VA education benefits. She also helps provide information to new students about enrolling and taking courses at Green River. Manila proudly served 5 years in the Navy.

Office Location: Lindbloom Center (LC) room 236

Office Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Fridays 9:30 am to 2:30 pm  

Phone: 253-833-9111 ext. 2466

Email: mmercurio@greenriver.edu