The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a fraud alert about a marketing scam that is targeting veterans who misdial the VA National Call Center (800-827-1000) or the GI Bill Call Center (888-442-4551) phone numbers. A marketing company created two phone numbers that differ from the real VA numbers by one digit. If a veteran misdials and calls the bogus number, the answering party will offer a gift card and try to obtain sensitive personal data, to include credit card information. Please note that the VA will “never” ask for credit card or banking information over the phone.
The two bogus numbers are 800-872-1000 and 888-442-4511. Please forward this information to all your members, Posts and friends, and share it on your websites. The bottom line is make sure you know who you are talking to before providing personal information over the phone. The VA has notified law enforcement authorities.
For a list of toll-free VA phone numbers, go to the VA’s Inquiry Routing & Information System webpage at https://iris.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1703.
Public Affairs Director
VFW Washington Office
To be designated as "veteran friendly," an office must have 25% or more of the office staff attend the "TRansition from Combat to Classroom: Helping Student Veterans Succeed at Texas State" workshop, plus meet five other requirements:
The Counseling Center understands that many veterans returning from combat may experience stress reations such as depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder, as wells as social adjustment problems. The Counseling Center's role will primarily be to provide students with personal support, help connect with the appropriate campus services and resources, and connect with medical and psychology treatment services.
Returning veterans are entitled to free medical and psychological services, free of charge, from the Department of Veterans Affairs for two years after their return or longer if necessary. Texas State veteran students can contact one of the following facilities for assistance.
The Veteran's Alliance, a Texas State University club, has a mission to ensure that veterans currently enrolled and veterans entering the university are aware of all organizations, services, and opportunities afforded to them. To establish a sense of pride in service, provide networking, and create a platform for which their voice may be heard.
Finally, the Veterans Initiative provides intern support and referrals for veterans