Veteran helps military families with education benefits

Stephanie Perez strives to help student veterans and dependents to achieve their full potential.

Stephanie Perez is the new Veteran’s Administration Advisor at South Plains College’s Reese  Center campus. She attended South Plains College, before going on to attend Texas Tech University, graduating in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science.

Perez was a cook (92G) in the United States Army between 2001-2009.

“I did four years of active duty and four years in the National Guard,” Perez said.

Perez said that she really enjoyed working in the dining facilities while stationed in Kitzingen, Germany. She also served two tours in Iraq.

Before she was hired as a VA advisor, she worked at Workforce Solutions of the South Plains as a WIOA case manager. Perez says that she wanted to work closer with veterans and their dependents, so she applied at SPC and was fortunate enough to get hired.

On a typical day, Perez says that she checks daily reports for any changes in veteran student enrollments.

“I also assist veterans and their dependents throughout the day by answering questions regarding the benefits that they will qualify for,” explained Perez. “I also gather the documents needed for the benefit that they are applying for.”
Perez ensures that the veterans and their dependents are rewarded the education benefits that they have earned.

“The spring enrollment was very hectic,” Perez said. “Being new to the job did bring some difficulties, but the VA advisor in Levelland, Vivian Sanchez, really helped me out a lot.”

Perez is driven to do a good job of assisting veteran students and their dependents as best she can.

Surrounded by friendly and helpful coworkers, one of Perez’ favorite parts of her job are the people she works around.

“The training I received was very good,” said Perez, “and it got me prepared to do the job.”

Her goals at SPC are to work hard and do her best as a VA advisor. She also hopes to go back to Texas Tech for a graduate degree in Public Administration.

“I look forward to working at South Plains College, assisting Veterans and their dependents,” said Perez.

Author: Reece Turner

I'm from Baytown, Texas. I enjoy metal music, video games, comics, and table top games. I am an English major with very little direction, so I'm hoping that my experience with the Plainsman will broaden my horizons.

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