Veterans

Ringling College of Art and Design Welcomes Veterans and their Dependents to participate in the various VA Educational Programs which include the Post 9/11 GI Bill.  Ringling College offers our Veterans and their Dependents the opportunity to expand their artistic abilities by pursuing the many careers available in the technologically inundated creative fields today.  

 

HOW TO APPLY FOR VA EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

 

GO TO VETS.GOV TO APPLY FOR YOUR POST 9/11 GI BILL VA EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS

You can find out about your eligibility, original and used entitlement, benefit percentage, delimiting dates on this website, as well.  Ultimately, the VA has all of your records so they

can determine what benefits you are eligible for.  You may also contact the VA by phone at 1-888-GIBill1 (1-888-442-4551) and a VA Education Case Manager will assist you through the application process and will determine from your records of service what Chapter you are eligible for.

Once your Certificate of Eligibility is received, Ringling College will be able to credit the VA funds to your tuition bill.

 

VETERANS ACTIVITIES ON CAMPUS

 

VETERANS’ CLUB
Ringling College has a Veterans’ Club whereby Veteran students hold a luncheon meeting once a month and discuss any projects that they are undertaking.  It is a great way for the Veterans to meet up with each other on campus.

 

RINGLING COLLEGE’S VETERANS’ ARTWORK EXHIBIT

For several years, Ringling College has held an annual exhibit showcasing Ringling College’s Veterans’ Artwork.  This exhibit is very popular and runs through the month of November.

 

VETERANS & NON-VETERANS PORTRAIT PAINTINGS OF VETERANS LIVING IN OUR AREA

In the past Veterans started a network and met weekly to paint portraits of Veterans that live in the area.  They welcomed non-military students to participate, as well.  Every year, they hold an exhibit of these portraits of Veterans at Ringling College.  Each painting identifies the Veteran by name, their rank and what branch of the military they served in.  It is a personalized exhibit which honors and acknowledges our Veterans for their valued service and sacrifices that they have made for our country.

 

VETERANS’ SERVICES IN AREA:

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

https://www.baypines.va.gov/locations/Sarasota_Florida.asp

5682 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 100
Sarasota, FL 34233

Phone: 941-371-3349
Fax: 941-371-7749

 

Bay Pines VA Healthcare System

https://www.baypines.va.gov/BAYPINES/index.asp

P.O. Box 5005 (mailing)
10000 Bay Pines Blvd (physical)
Bay Pines, FL 33744
Phone:  727-398-6661 | 888-820-0230

Fax:  727-398-9442

 

Sarasota Vet Center

https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=556

https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/

4801 Swift Rd. Suite A
Sarasota, FL 34231
Phone: 941-927-8285 Or 877-927-8387
Fax: 941-927-8307
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Sarasota County Veterans’ Services
 

        SARASOTA OFFICE

        2200 Ringling Blvd – Suite 125
        Sarasota, FL  34237
        https://www.scgov.net/government/human-services/veterans-services 
        Phone:  (941) 861-2899 – For Information and Forms
        Phone:  (941) 861-VETS (8387) – To Reach a Veterans’ Services Officer to Schedule an appointment
        Fax:  (941) 861-2571
        Hours:  Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
        Sarasota County Veterans’ Services office files VA claims

 

        VENICE OFFICE

        4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 139
        Venice, FL  34293
        Phone:  (941)-861-3047
        (941) 861-3024 – Fax

 

       NORTH PORT OFFICE

       4970 City Hall Blvd., Room 264
       North Port, FL  34286
       Phone:  (941) 429-7214
       Fax:  (941) 429-7276  

     E-Mail:  VETERANS@SCGOV.NET

 

SARASOTA COUNTY VETERANS’ SERVICES OFFER VETERANS & THEIR FAMILY THE FOLLOWING SERVICES AT NO CHARGE:

Adaptive Equipment                                               Housebound Clams

Aid & Attendance Claims                                       Housing Loans

Appeal of Benefit Claims                                       Indebtedness Waivers

Burial Benefits                                                         Lost Military Records

Change of Address                                                  Medical Record Requests

Clothing Allowance                                                Outreach Services

DD-214 (discharge records)                                 Pension Benefits

Disability Compensation Claims                          Property Tax Discount Letters

Discharge Upgrades                                                Specially Adapted Housing

Domiciliary Care                                                     Survivors’ Benefits

Educational Benefits                                              Vocational Rehabilitation

Health Care Services                                               General Benefits Overview

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VETERANS’ CRISIS LINE

https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

 

Help for Homeless Veterans
877-4AID-VET
www.va.gov/homeless/

 

Vet Center Combat Hotline
877-WAR-VETS

 

VA CLAIMS STATUS
800-827-1000
www.va.GOV

 

eBenefits
www.ebenefits.va.gov

 

My HealtheVet
www.myhealth.va.gov

 

Sarasota Outpatient Clinic
941-371-3349

 

Sarasota National Cemetery
941-922-7200
www.cem.va.gov

 

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
727-319-7440
www.floridavets.org.

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