Veterans Services

PHSC's Veteran Services assists veterans, survivors, eligible dependents, active-duty service persons and members of the Selected Reserve with their academic pursuit, education benefits and activities.

Veterans Services Advisor Specialists help ease a veteran student's transition in starting, continuing, or resuming their education. Currently, PHSC offers assistance with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) educational benefits to more than 600 current student veterans/veteran dependents. Unlike many other colleges and universities, PHSC's Veteran Advisor Specialists also serve as Academic Advisors for the college's veteran and veteran-dependent student population. This allows PHSC to provide our veteran and veteran-dependent student population with excellent customer service and expert advice.

Veterans Educational Benefits

The Veterans Educational Benefits program is designed exclusively to provide educational assistance to veterans of the United States Armed Forces and other eligible students who receive benefits under Chapters 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 1606/1607 USC. Learn more about education benefits on the Veteran's Administration Education Benefits.

For additional information regarding these programs, please contact the veteran academic advisor at your home campus.

Student Veterans of America

The PHSC Chapter of Student Veterans of America (SVA) assists veterans with their needs while in school. The SVA connects Vets to opportunities and enlightens non-veteran students with the experiences that veterans can share with them.

SVA contact: Shelly Bearden

Veterans Services Advisor Specialist Team

Below, find the nearest PHSC Veteran Advisor Specialist to help guide you through Veterans Education Services at the College:

West Campus  (New Port Richey)

Shelly Bearden: Veteran Services Coordinator; Academic Advisor and VA School Certifying Official

Shelly brings over twenty years of higher education experience working directly with military active servicemen, veterans, and service dependents to her new position.

Prior to joining PHSC, Ms. Bearden served as the VERITS - Veterans Resource Liaison and Base Representative (Rover) at Tidewater Community College Center for Military and Veterans Education Department. In addition, she served as the PLATO Learning Educational Facilitator servicing military families receiving services in the Adult Learning Center on Naval Station Norfolk and Naval Station Roosevelt Roads Puerto Rico where she worked with Active Duty and Dependent Family members in their educational pursuits and managed daily operations for the Center. Shelly is familiar with military databases systems: NCMIS, MyCAA, Air Force Portal and ArmyIgnitEd. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Bowling Green State University.

East Campus (Dade City)

James Dadez: Advisor and VA School Certifying Official

James has been in higher education for over 20 years. His knowledge encompasses experience in undergraduate admissions/recruiting, academic advising and financial aid, graduate academic advising and instruction. He understands the steps from prospective student to graduation. James has been with PHSC since October of 2015.

He has earned his BA in Psychology from East Carolina University and his MBA from Saint Leo University.

North Campus (Brooksville)

Heather Fowlds: Advisor and VA School Certifying Official

Heather joined the PHSC Veteran Services Department in July of 2019 after serving in the Admissions Department for four years. Heather has a background in college admissions, academic advising, and veteran services.  It is important to her that veterans receive the direction they need while pursuing their goals and dreams.  Heather graduated from Liberty University with a Masters in Human Services-Military Resilience.  

Porter Campus (Wesley Chapel)

Chris Morgan: Advisor and VA School Certifying Official

Chris joined PHSC Veteran Services in September 2015; he retired from the US Air Force in 2004 after serving for 22 years. Chris has earned his Student Coaching certification through Inside-Track and has a background in college academic advising and instruction. He is passionate about assisting our veteran student community and is inspired when he sees fellow vets achieve their academic and career goals. Chris graduated with a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of South Florida.

Spring Hill Campus

David Stroud: Advisor and VA School Certifying Official

David joined PHSC Veteran Services in January of 2015. He retired from the United States Air Force in 2012 with over 20 years of service. He graduated from Wilmington University in Delaware with a Masters in Public Administration. David is certified in student coaching and academic advising with a focus on assisting students utilizing their Veteran benefits.  

Veteran Resources

The following list contains information and reference for veterans. The links to these resources can be found in "Links on this page".

  • CW Young Out of State Waiver
  • Dependent Educational Assistance (Chapter 35) - 'Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program helps a child(ren) and spouse of a Veteran or service member who has died, is captured or missing, or has disabilities, pay for school or job training.
  • Fry Scholarship - Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship (Fry Scholarship) may be available for eligible for children and spouses of certain Veterans.
  • Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD) - helps veterans who have served at least 2 years on active duty who pay for education and training programs.
  • Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) - offers up to 36 months of education and training benefits to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard, or Air National Guard.
  • Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33) - helps you pay for school or job training.
  • Transfer of Entitlement (Chapter 33) - transfer any of your unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to your spouse or dependent children.
  • Scholarships for Children and Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Veterans - scholarships may be available through the Florida Office of Student Financial Assistance
  • VA Enrollment Certification and Tuition Deferment Request
  • Veteran Readiness and Employment (Chapter 31) - if you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, Veteran Readiness and Employment (formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) can help.