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A.S.I. Veterans Affairs Commissioner

The Veterans Affairs Commissioner acts as the liaison between A.S.I. and the Veterans Resource Center (VRC); under the direction of the A.S.I. Vice President for Administration, works with the A.S.I. Director of Government Affairs and Leadership Programs to create a strategic plan for building student veteran affairs awareness; promotes A.S.I. events, and recruits student veterans to get involved in A.S.I.; assists in planning, implementing, directing, and attending A.S.I. funded veteran-focused events; has monthly communication with the VRC Director; acts as direct contact with the Office of Enrollment Services and VRC on all program co-sponsorship requests; and acts as a facilitator for programming within A.S.I.; invests at least ten (10) hours per week in A.S.I. activities; and attends all mandatory Cabinet of Commissioners meetings (see A.S.I. Meeting Calendar for details).

The Veterans Affairs Commissioner has three top priorities:

  1. To serve as a liaison between A.S.I. and the VRC Director.
  2. To keep veterans at Cal State LA informed about issues and events that may concern or interest them.
  3. To be the voice of veterans in student government and advocate for veterans and their needs on campus.

The Student Veterans Organization

The Student Veterans Organization (SVO) is a recognized school club geared specifically for student-veterans at Cal State L.A., but open to any student on campus. The SVO is dedicated to helping veterans succeed while at Cal State L.A. through peer-to-peer support, and through events, discussions, and workshops designed to help veterans make the most of their time at Cal State LA. If you are interested in finding out more about SVO or becoming an officer, please contact the Veterans Affairs Commissioner at

A New Chapter, A New Skill: Making the Career Switch from Military to a Skilled Trade

It is no secret that a number of ex-servicemen and women can find it extremely challenging to make a successful transition from a military career to one in civilian life.
Learning a skilled trade is a career switch that could be the answer as you have already demonstrated the aptitude and discipline needed to succeed in both spheres.
This guide provides useful resources and pointers on how ex-service personnel can start a new career and learn a trade.

For more info CLICK HERE.

SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society

SALUTE Veterans National Honor Society in an organization dedicated to honoring the academic achievements of veterans. At Cal State LA, the mission of SALUTE is to foster a network of veterans inducted in SALUTE, with the intent of sharing opportunities for academic and professional advancement, and to highlight the achievements of its members throughout the campus and in the community. For more information about SALUTE at Cal State LA contact John Beverly at

Important Contacts

Veterans Affairs Commissioner Maria Garcia 323-343-4778
Veterans Resource Center Director Dr. Dani Molina 323-343-5081
Veterans Resource Center Benefits Coordinator Deana Garay 323-343-5082
VA Certifying Official Lianne Salerno 323-343-3943
Veterans Resource Center 323-343-5080

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