Once Jason Boerner was out of the military and coming back to college, he couldn’t find anyone to guide him through the process.
“I pretty much had to figure it out for myself,” admits the Grays Harbor College graduate. Now he serves as the VetCorps representative on the GHC main campus and really enjoys helping veterans figure out where to start at the College.
“I can point them in the right direction,” he explains. “I also am available as a resource for the community to answer any questions and am familiar with the different vets websites.”
He points out that one of the services veterans do not know much about is the Veterans’ Relief Fund, which can provide up to $800 to help with paying basic bills, such as rent, utilities and heat, should an emergency arise.
For manning the Vetcorps office weekdays, Boerner receives an educational stipend, which he hopes to use to eventually complete his bachelor’s degree. After graduating from GHC, he transferred to Western Washington University as a biochemistry major. While serving five years in the Air Force, he trained as a military firefighter, stationed mostly in California, but also was deployed three times.
The Aberdeen native also works with Steve Smith, a student intern at the college who is working to establish a Vets Center on campus. The two are hoping that a space in the 200 Building can be designated as a gathering spot for student veterans and their supporters. Cindy Jasper, the college’s veterans adviser in the financial aid office, is also working on this project.
Hours for the GHC VetCorps office are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and from 8 a. m. to 5 p. m. on Fridays. Boerner can be contacted at (360) 538-4174 and via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .