Veterans Center

San Diego State University's primary commitment is to the safety, health and wellbeing of all campus community members, including students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Staying conscious of the uncertainty of COVID-19, the The Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center is now open. Please feel free to continue to contact us by email at or connect virtually Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.


VOW to Hire Heroes Act

Under the VOW Act, unemployed post-9/11 era veterans will be offered a Gold Card which allows them to access intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today's job market. The Gold Card initiative is a join effort of the Department of Labor and Department of Veterans Affairs' employment and training services. Eligible veterans can print a Gold Card at the following link You can also find more information about this program at any of your San Diego One-Stop Career Centers or

Medal of Honor Speak Out

Our nation's greatest heroes - Medal of Honor recipients - speak out to save lives by encouraging America's military to seek help when adjusting to life after combat, particularly for post-traumatic stress (PTS). View the video to hear their message.

SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific Full-time, Paid Internships

Any veterans who may be interested in acquisition - engineering, business financial management, logistics management, and contracts management - internship positions, should forward their employment package to The package should consist of: 1) Cover letter (optional), 2) Resume, 3) Unofficial transcripts, and 4) DD-214 (Veteran's Preference). These are full-time, paid positions available for recent college graduates.

Veterans Service Officers Job Training

The Women Veterans Resource Center is offering all veterans the opportunity to receive job training to become a certified Veterans Service Officer. In this job, you will help veterans submit their claims and get their benefits, prevent homelessness, understand the VA system, and assist veterans with many other services. If you are detailed-oriented and love helping veterans, contact the WVRC at (619) 825-5757 or to find out more about the training schedule and to register.

Training is also offered in other fields, such as Hotel Front Desk Agent & Reservations, Customer Service, Banquet Servers, as well as Financial Literacy, Resume writing and job interviewing skills.

If you have any questions about veteran services at SDSU, please contact the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center at (619) 594-5813, or visit us in the SSW 1575.

Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center Hours

The Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center is located along Centennial Walkway in Student Services West, room 1575, and is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Just look for the flagpole. If you haven't seen the new Bunker (a.k.a. the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center lounge), check it out next time you are on campus. The Bunker has an XBOX 360 with Madden 2011, MMA, and Halo Reach games. All student veteran or military students are welcome to stop by the Bunker to play or hang out throughout the day.

Warning about Veterans Affairs Services (VAS)

(Forwarded by Kevin Secor, VSO Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs)

An organization called Veterans Affairs Services (VAS) is providing benefit and general information on VA and gathering personal information on veterans. This organization is not affiliated with VA in any way.

VAS may be gaining access to military personnel through their close resemblance to the VA name and seal. Our Legal Counsel has requested that we coordinate with DoD to inform military installations, particularly mobilization sites, of this group and their lack of affiliation or endorsement by VA to provide any services.

In addition, GC requests that if you have any examples of VAS acts that violate chapter 59 of Title 38 United States Code, such as VAS employees assisting veterans in the preparation and presentation of claims for benefits, please pass any additional information to Mr.Daugherty at the address below:

Michael G. Daugherty
Staff Attorney
Department of Veterans Affairs
Office of General Counsel (022G2)

If you have any questions about veteran services at SDSU, please contact the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center at (619) 594-5813, or visit us in the SSW 1575.

GEICO Supervisor Leadership Program

Become one of 10 people to join GEICO's management program. They will consider students graduating this year or alumni as well. The program offers full training and the opportunity to become a leader within the company. Los Angeles and Northern California offer a similar leadership program for candidates who would like to move outside of San Diego. Applications may be submitted on the GEICO Jobs Web site. If you have questions, contact the San Diego hiring manager, Rocio M. Rodriguez, at (858) 513-5247 or

Post 9/11 Chapter 33 Benefits

If you are planning on using Post-9/11 G.I. Bill (Chapter 33) benefits for spring 2011, the following are the necessary steps to be taken in order to receive these benefits:

1. Turn in your Certificate of Eligibility for your benefits to the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center, SSW 1575, if you haven't already.

2. Tell the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center representative that you need to get on the Chapter 33 list for spring 2011 in order to get your fees waived.

3. Register for your classes in January.

4. Return to the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center to fill out the Responsibility Agreement for spring 2011.

Enjoy your semester!

If you have any questions about veteran services at SDSU, please contact the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center at (619) 594-5813, or visit us in the SSW 1575.

Operation Welcome Home

A California's Operation Welcome Home Representative will be at the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and Thursdays from 12:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. The CalVet Corps member can assist or provide veterans with information on Unemployment Insurance, Health Care and Education benefits, employment services, counseling referrals, job referrals, housing programs, Veteran's Preference Points, workshops and training opportunities, and more.

Find Us on Facebook

The Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center is now on Facebook. The new Facebook page connects current students with prospective students and features upcoming events, photo albums, and more. Be sure to join our online Facebook community.

New Veteran Alumni Chapter Web site

Stay connected with the SDSU veteran alumni community through the new Veteran Alumni Chapter Web site. The Web site features a list of upcoming events, message boards, photo gallery, and alumni board contact information.

Pad Squad Job Opportunity

Represent the San Diego Padres as a member of their Pad Squad. Applications are being accepted now. To read a full job description and apply, visit the Padres Job Web site.

Troops to Teachers Office Open

It is with great pleasure that we announce the grand opening of the California State Troops to Teachers office, located in the SDSU College of Education's Office of Student Services. Over the last decade nearly 11,000 military members have used the Troops to Teachers Program to transition to a career in public education, many of them in the largest military market in the nation right here in California.

Nearly half of the Troops to Teachers participants accept teaching positions in math, science or special education. Over one-third of Troops to Teachers participants are minorities, over 80% are male and over 80% teach in economically disadvantaged districts and schools. Another significant superior success of this program is the commitment of the program participants. While about half of all new teachers leave the profession their first five years in the classroom, over 75% of Troops to Teachers participants remain teaching after ten years.

For more information on the Troops to Teachers program, contact Director Bill Leitheiser, at (619) 594-6326 or Associate Director Kawanda McLendon at (619) 594-6325. You may also visit the Mountain Pacific Troops to Teachers regional website.

If you have any questions about veteran services at SDSU, please contact the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center at (619) 594-5813, or visit us in Student Services West, room1575.

SDSU Ranks No. 30 on List of Best Universities for Vets

SDSU is the highest ranked university in California, and ranks 30th among 100 universities nationwide for military veterans who are preparing for the next phase of their lives and careers. The report was published in the Military Times Edge, a publication for military veteran and active duty personnel. The Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center provides academic and student services to more than 1,000 veteran and active duty military students.

The Rucksack Rewards

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) recently launched The Rucksack, a free membership rewards site open to all confirmed veterans of Iraq (OIF) and Afghanistan (OEF). With The Rucksack, Member Veterans collect rewards and get access to exclusive tickets, giveaways and more. Sign up is easy - get started at