USM hosts 10th annual veterans affairs administrators conference

USM hosts 10th annual veterans affairs administrators conference

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of university and college officials who work directly with military students are meeting in Hattiesburg this week.

The 10th annual Veterans Affairs Administrators of Mississippi (VAAMS) Conference is being held for the first time at The University of Southern Mississippi and is being hosted by the university's Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families.

The two-day event features required training for school certifying officials and reviews of best practices for veterans services.

VAAMS is a statewide group of universities and colleges that provide VA services to military students.

It was founded in 2007.

"We are required to attend training so we'll know how to better service the military-related student," said Tim Lea, interim president for VAAMS. "So, when these things are offered, we're expected and required to go to these events."

"We actually took the model from other states that got started a lot earlier than we did and we just brought it home to Mississippi so we don't have to travel far in order to get the type of training that we need," said Michael McGee, chairman of the conference.

It is being held at the Trent Lott Center, and it wraps up on Friday.