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Veterans Club

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Mr. Michael "Mike" Moses
US Navy Retired

Mr. William "Bill" Buffington
Vice President
US Navy Retired

Ms Bettie L. Phillips-Jackson
Public Relations
US Army Retired

William "Ed" Moroney
Assistant Professor/Advisor
USMC Retired

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Veterans Club



Veterans Club Website Information


The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Veteran Club was founded during the spring semester at CSM La Plata campus in 2013, by Mr. Michael “Mike” Moses, Navy Veteran. The Veteran’s Club is an inclusive, non-partisan group that supports all CSM student veterans and their dependents associated with all branches of the uniformed military services.  The club’s goal is to provide social activities, opportunities to participate in community service, further the advancement of veterans in higher education, and networking for jobs. The Veteran Club acts as a channel, supporting veterans’ offices offering academic services for Veterans enrolling into classes at CSM.  We strive to provide a respectful and all-encompassing environment for veterans to become successful in civilian and college life.  Our focus is on wellness and helping guide veterans in adapting the skills they developed from military training and combat experience to the classroom. CSM Veterans Club dedication is directed toward assisting veterans in their reintegration process with both their families and their communities. Also, the Veteran Club provides resources and tools to help Veterans become successful and productive in the school setting. Members comprise over a 100 years of active military service in the defense of our country. The group strives to reaffirm its dedication to the principles of Service, Education, and Fellowship.

Requirements To Join The Veterans Club

  • Strong desire to help our nation’s veterans 
  • Currently enrolled in course work at the College of Southern Maryland
  • Faculty, Veterans and Non-veterans are encouraged to join


For more information please contact our Public Relations Officer, Ms. Bettie L. Phillips-Jackson, 240-210-3527; email:


Veteran Services

The following forms are necessary for the VA Educational Benefits application process:

Most forms can be submitted online. If you are unsure which type of VA education benefit you qualify for, you may contact the VA Eastern Regional Processing Office 1-888-442-4551 or visit the GI Bill Website at

VA Form 22-1990, is the document that initiates your entitlements to receive VA educational benefits. This form serves two purposes:

  • It indicates to CSM you have applied for VA Educational Benefits.
  • Is one of the documents needed by CSM to prevent you from paying an advance tuition deposit prior to receipt of your Certificate of Eligibility (COE) from the VA.

Dependents applying under Chapter 35, Dependents and Survivors Benefits must submit VA Form 22-5490,, and when changing need VA Form 22-5495 Dependents may also be required to submit their birth certificate and or marriage license.

Those applying under Chapter 31, Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, need VA Form 28-1900 Additionally, anyone who paid a "kicker" (extra money towards benefits) may want to provide documentation. It usually takes the VA headquarters roughly 6-8 weeks to process your paperwork, but sometimes takes longer.

The GI Bill Website has most, if not all, information you need to understand your Education Benefits, including the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. The GI Bill site has information on all Education Benefit Programs,, How to Apply for Benefits, Payment Rates, Education Forms, and Online Application. The GI Bill site also has links to information on other things such as health care, or securing a loan.

For Chapter 30, 33, 1606, or 1607, you must confirm your status every month in order to receive your money. To do this, go to the WAVE (Web Automated Verification of Enrollment) website which is located on the GI Bill website or call 1-888-442-4551. The WAVE site is where you go on the last day of every month to confirm your status. After you have logged onto the WAVE website, you will be able to see your benefit status, verify your monthly enrollment, and make any necessary changes to your personal information.

VA Resources and Contact Information

  • Questions regarding your VA education benefits: 1-888-442-4551 or this website.
  • To verify your attendance: 1-877-823-2378 or Post 9-11 GI Bill website.
  • To sign up or change your direct deposit information: 1-877-838-2778
  • National Personnel Records Center: 314-801-0800
  • VA Debt Management Center: 1-800-827-0648
  • Federal Benefits for Veterans Dependents and Survivors
  • National Resource Directory


Important Links

You will need to provide your social security number (or that of your sponsor, if applying for benefits under a parent or spouse) when you make the call.

Downloads and Links


  • American Legion
  • Association of the US Army (AUSA)
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A.
  • Join Forces - - (Registered nurses who are knowledgeable concerning PTSD and provide support to Veterans and the community)
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS)
  • Navy Retired Activities
  • Tax Return Filing and Payment Extensions for the Military:  
  • The Non-Commissioned Officer Association (NCOA)
  • The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA)
  • U.S. Army Recreation Centers
  • U.S. Veteran Organizations Directory
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
  • Vietnam Veterans of America


  • National Guard
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Army
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Navy


Mission, Goals, and Objectives

The purpose of the CSM Veterans Club is the advancement of Student Veterans, their rights, their benefits, as well as to provide a social group to help Veterans adjust to and become successful in civilian and college life. It will organize worthwhile projects and events pertaining to Veterans needs and issues, while providing an environment of camaraderie and services to the community.



Our Staff

Mr. Michael "Mike" Moses
US Navy

Mr. William "Bill" Buffington
Vice President
Retired US Navy

Ms. Bettie L. Phillips-Jackson
Public Relations Manager
Retired US Army

Assistant Professor William "Ed" Moroney
Advisor Veteran's Club
Retired USMC