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
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
5682 Bee Ridge Road, Suite 100
Sarasota, FL 34233
Bay Pines VA Healthcare System
P.O. Box 5005 (mailing)
10000 Bay Pines Blvd (physical)
Bay Pines, FL 33744
Phone: 727-398-6661 | 888-820-0230
Sarasota Vet Center
4801 Swift Rd. Suite A
Sarasota, FL 34231
Phone: 941-927-8285 Or 877-927-8387
2200 Ringling Blvd – Suite 125
Sarasota, FL 34237
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
4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 139
Venice, FL 34293
(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
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
VETERANS’ CRISIS LINE
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
Vet Center Combat Hotline
VA CLAIMS STATUS
Sarasota Outpatient Clinic
Sarasota National Cemetery
Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs