Veteran Benefits

Calling all Service Members and Veterans If you are a current service member (active, guard, or reserve), a veteran, or a military affiliated family member please contact our Service Member / Veteran Liaison, Bob Hixson at or 937.393.3431 x2845.

Step 1 – Apply for GI Bill Benefits Online

For veterans or dependents using education benefits for the first time, apply online at:

Step 2 – Contact our Service Member/Veteran Liaison

Contact Southern State’s Service Member/Veteran Liaison, Bob Hixson, at 800.628.7722 x2845, or the Certifying Office at 800.628.7722 x2616 to complete the following form:

The Veteran Liaison will also be able to help veterans and military-affiliated family members who have previously used their benefits and are either transferring to Southern State or changing their program.

Suicide Prevention Resources

Veterans Crisis Line

Military personnel and veterans can dial 1(800)273-8255 and Press 1 to talk to someone now. Veterans can start a confidential online chat session at Veterans can send a text message to 838255 to connect to a VA responder now.

VA, PTSD National Center - Awareness Resources

The National Center for PTSD promotes awareness of PTSD and effective treatments throughout the year. Visit for more information.

Additional Resources

For service member/veteran support, please contact Bob Hixson at or at 937.393.3431 x2845.