Veteran Resource Center Expanding Services


Bay Minette, Alabama - Matthew Watkins, Veteran Affairs Counselor at Faulkner State Community College, is excited about the changes and plans for the growing Veteran Resource Center at Faulkner State. 

Pictured:  Joseph Allen, first president of the Faulkner State Warriors, the College’s Student Veteran Organization (SVO), meets with VA Counselor Matthew Watkins.  Allen also serves as a work-study in the Veteran Resource Center on the Bay Minette Campus.  Allen is in the Alabama Army National Guard. 

“Right now, we’re in the process of structuring a center to help our veteran students in every aspect of the college life,” Watkins said.

On the docket for the VA Center include counseling services, readjustment assistance and continued support for financial assistance and processing.  The College served more than 400 student veterans and their families in the 2014-2015 academic year.

“I believe these services will provide some much needed resources to our student veterans,” Watkins said.

While Faulkner State has continued to provide financial counseling to veterans, the College decided to offer a full line of services to its student veterans, thus establishing the Veteran Resource Center in 2013.  Watkins, a military veteran of five years, was hired to establish and grow the Center.  He served in the U.S. Airforce and worked in signals and intelligence at the National Security Agency.  He also worked at the University of South Alabama for four years in the Veterans Affairs Office. 

The Veteran Resource Center at Faulkner State is another way the College makes every effort to ensure that all veterans, dependents, and reservists have assistance through the college process.  

Watkins has shown his passion for student veteran success by also implementing the College’s Student Veteran Organization (SVO) known as the Faulkner State Warriors.  This organization assists veterans in their transition from military life to student life, while providing peer support from fellow student veterans.

Watkins spends much of his time meeting with current student veterans and recruiting veterans at local military bases, career fairs and community events. 


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