UMUC Welcomes VetSuccess Representative Dr. Shonda McLaughlin to Its Largo Campus

August 29, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has chosen UMUC to participate in its VetSuccess On Campus program designed to help veterans transition from military service to college. UMUC is one of only a handful of schools nationwide—and the only nontraditional school—to be chosen for the program, which provides on-site counseling services from a VA representative.

Dr. Shonda McLaughlin, an experienced full-time counselor with the Washington, D.C., Regional Office of the Department of Veterans Affairs, will assist veteran students with health, education and other veterans benefits. She will also offer academic, career and civilian-life adjustment counseling to ensure that veterans receive the support and assistance necessary to successfully complete their education and achieve their career goals.

Dr. McLaughlin is excited about her new role as UMUC’s VA representative and eager to begin working with students. “The purpose of the program is to provide veterans with a supportive educational environment,” she said. “I’m here to assist students in whatever way I can, from answering questions about veteran benefits to providing help writing a resume.”

Prior to joining the VA, Dr. McLaughlin taught rehabilitation counseling to undergraduate and graduate students. She holds a doctorate in rehabilitation research and education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

Students interested in learning more about VetSuccess counseling services should visit UMUC's Veterans Benefits page.