Summer Updates

  • 28 June 2016

    The Veterans Resource Center is not maintaining regular hours at this time.  However the STARS Student Resource Center is generally open 9-4 Monday-Friday while classes are in session.  Additionally the Veterans Coordinator, Brian D Ragunan and other STARS and Vets advisors are available to speak with you as well.  Brian may also be reached at  Contact info for our peer mentors is located under the staff and support tab.  

    For new and continuing students if you have questions about using your education benefits at UCSC please reach out to the registrar’s office at or

    New students, I look forward to seeing you at oreintation, and I encourage you to reach out via email beforehand if there is anything I can do to assist.

  • 13 Jun 16

    Congratulations to the end of the year and our 2016 Graduates!

    Congratulations to those of you graduating and moving on to bigger things.  Our veterans program and the UC community in general are happy to continue to provide any support you many need.  For those of you coming back next summer, please don't hesitate to contact me 

    It was excellent to work with all of you I got to know as many of you as I did.  For those of you I didn't get to know, please don't hesitate to reach out in the future if you are graduating or not.  If you want to remain in touch and receive updates on the program, please provide me a permanent email address to reach you at.​

    Job Opportunity

    In addition to our regular Peer Mentor program where regardless of financial aid status you can receive ​$2,640/quarter while on the Post 9/11 GI Bill or Voc rehab, working in our veterans resource center, I'm looking to expand the program to take on new opportunities to benefit veterans​.  Dependents on Post 9/11 are also eligible and I can hire vets not using those benefits on a more limited basis as well.  With either program I can hire for the summer as well as fall, and can provide whatever kind of work experience you are looking for as long as we can think of a way to have it help veterans.  Please reach out to me if you are interested or check  out this link here. 

    Please forward it to any vet, dependent, or ally interested in gaining experience and living up to our mission.

    Cheap Available on Campus Housing

    Family and Grad Student Housing will have 5 openings for veterans going into next year.  The rate is $1103 for Grad Student Housing and for FSH $1574 for single occupancy and $1382 for double.  This is much more affordable and offers much more space then many on campus options.  On campus living has many advantages and you would be living just with veterans.  If you are interested please email

    Textbook Lending Library

    If you have any textbooks you want to donate, please drop them off at the vet center or STARS.  If you need them picked up, contact me and we can arrange something.

    Be Safe this summer and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.  Also look out for a new newsletter format that I hope is more accessible.



  • 12 Feb 16

    REMINDER:  Bruce Lane Memorial Scholarship DUE Monday, 22 Feb!

    Hey everyone!  Don't forget to put in your application for the 2016 Bruce Lane Memorial Scholarship!  The deadline for the scholarship is Monday the 22nd of February.  Dont miss this opportunity to be awarded a $1000 scholarship towards your educational goals!  This scholarship is exclusive to Veterans attending UCSC, open to all levels of education, and to awardees of previous years.  Submit all completed applications to the STARS office at Kresge.

    The scholarship application and instructions can be found here.


  • 3 Feb 16

     February Event:  VETS Movie Night

    Hey guys!  We have an event coming up this month!  On Thursday, February 11th we will be having an 80s movie night featuring the origina Die Hard.  As usual we will have food and drinks (provided by woodstocks pizza).  Come out and hang out, meet other student veterans, and enjoy the show!  If you're interested please contact our lead peer mentor Chris Ramirez at to RSVP.  See you all there!

    Vets Movie Night


  • 29 Jan 16

    Winter Quarter January Updates

    To avoid sending everyone a million emails, I'm going to do my best to condense all the little announcements into a weekly or bi-weekly format.  While this means that I will be throwing a lot at you, I also won't be crowding everyone's inbox with less then useful information.  I hope this change is welcome, and please let me know what else I can do to improve communication.  I'll also try to post these on the website, and I'll keep the daily reminders on our facebook ( ) .  If you have any questions or have a particular interest (ie jobs, grad school, va benefits, university events) please reach out to me and I'll ensure I do some extra digging to find you exactly what you are looking for.  
    Evening Drop In Advising at VRC
    I'll be doing evening advising at the Vet Center on Thursdays from 4-7.  Come by to use the VRC, to answer any questions or address issues.  This time or day my change, but I'll be there this week and going forward.
    STEM Internship Update!
    Here are some updates in regards to the STEM internship for vets I discussed last time.  Please check these out if you are at all eligible.  ​
    GI Bill Payments
    I understand that there is some frustration with the pace of getting benefits paid forward, particularly on the end of the school's staff.  I am investing a lot of time in improving my relationships throughout the university and hopefully that process.  Please inform me of any major delays or negative experiences you are having.  I can't promise any miracles for the time being, but I can promise you my full effort and eventual improvements.   In the meantime, I ask that you provide me support in submitting your enrollment forms to the registrar's office as soon as possible.
    Recruiting Veterans in Tech Dinner
    Geoffery Alllen, Director of Veterans Recruiting from Personify (, wants to meet with a few of our vets to talk about what he does, and potentailly to start a pipeline for recruiting vets out here.  He's mostly focused on getting veterans interested in technology careers.  He wants to take some of our vets to dinner on the evening of February 3rd.  This will be an off campus event, and while I don't have an exact time, it would be about 7pm.  I'm happy to help coordinate transportation.  We have a limited number of spots, so please RSVP as soon as possible, and I'll provide more info.   
    Grad School Fair
    Grad School Virtual Fair
  • 13 Jan 16

     Winter Quarter 2016 and the VETS Quarterly Meet and Greet

    Welcome back everyone!  I hope you all had a great winter break and a good start to the quarter.  We have a meet and greet today a the Veteran's Resource Center!  Come by and meet your fellow student veterans and enjoy catered meals!  We'll be discussing upcoming events for the VETS program so make sure to come by!


  • 3 Dec 15

     New VETS Coordinator and End of the Quarter Bash

    Hey everyone!  Its been awhile since the last update but I wanted to introduce you all to our new VETS Coordinator Brian Ragunan!  He comes to us with Veterans Affairs experience and as a veteran Marine himself.  Hes eager to help all campus veterans in need of veteran support and services so feel free to come in and contact him!  His work phone is 831-502-7240 and his email is

    We also have an event today!  So if you're tired of studying, take a break and join us at the Veterans Resource Center at Kresge and grab a burritto, socialize, and most importantly destress!



  • 21 Sep 15


    Hey everyone, I hope you all had a great summer vacation either at home or abroad!  To kick off the start of the 2015 - 2016 school year we got two events coming up!  

    First, we got the OPERS Fall Festival tomorrow (22 Sep 15) from 1800 to 2100.  If you're a new student veteran looking to get more information about us or just to meet new people and fellow student veterans, come check us out!  If you're a returning student veteran, stop by and hang out!  We'll be at booth A9 near the front of OPERS as you come in from Cowell - Stevenson.  Here is the map for the Fall Fesitival.  

    Second, on the following day (23 Sep 15) from 1500 to 1800 .  We have our third annual Veterans Meet and Greet!  Come by and meet the staff and students that support the UCSC VETS program and enjoy the food.  Attached is the flyer below with more details!


    Again, welcome to our new student veterans and welcome back to our returning ones!  


  • 26 Feb 15

    News, Events and Things to Do

    Hey guys!  Sorry for the lack of updates lately!  So we got some events coming up for the remainder of this quarter.  First off for our Vets that have been awarded the Bruce Lane Memorial Scholarship, the luncheon is going to take place on Tuesday, 3 March at 1115.  The location is going to be at the UCSC Arboretum, directions here.  Second, we got our VETS Military Mixer event on Thursday, 5 March Tuesday, 10 March between 1530 to 1930.  Its going to be at the Graduate Student Housing BBQ area, come out and grab tri-tip and chicken!  Finally, yesterday was priority enrollment for veterans.  Make sure you sign up for your classes before seats fill up!


  • 9 Jan 15

    Welcome Back!

    Welcome back everyone!  I hope you all had a great and restful vacation.  Just as a reminder, we have a great scholarship opportunity coming up for vets only!  

    Also, keep an eye on the website for things to come!  We'll be annoucing new events shortly this month and we will have winter quarter VRC hours posted by next week!


  • 11 Dec 14

    Reminder:  Get your benefits certified for next quarter!

    As Finals week approaches so does Winter break!  However, DONT FORGET to turn in your VA Enrollment Verification Form to our certifying official Ms. Gloria Lozano at the Registrar's Office!  If you want your benefits on time for the start of the Winter Quarter, make sure to turn in your form NO LATER THAN Thursday, 18 December.  Our certifying official will be unable to process any new forms until the second week of the Winter Quarter so get to it!  As always, all of the required forms are listed in the "Veterans Certifying Office" tab to the left of this page.