STANTON/WILMINGTON - Wilfred A. Oney, Jr., an academic counselor and veterans affairs coordinator at Delaware Tech’s Stanton/Wilmington Campus, was named to the National Association of Veterans Program Administrators (NAVPA) board of directors as Education Committee Chair and Region II Delegate last month. Founded in 1975, NAVPA is a nationally recognized organization of program administrators who work for universities and colleges, trade schools and apprenticeship programs across the nation to insure that student veterans are provided the best service and most accurate access to their GI Bill benefits. The NAVPA Board of Directors works closely with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
“I count it as an honor to be able to serve our veterans and lobby for them on the Hill in D.C.,” Oney said. “We lobby for educational benefits for veterans, and I’m glad to be able to share my experiences and help them.”
Oney believes that it is vital for veterans to have someone to talk to and learn more about the educational benefits they have, and he’s proud to be that person at Delaware Tech.
“It’s very important – when the vets are discharged, they’re moving so quickly, they forget what type of benefits they have,” he explains. “It’s been great to have them come to me and they’re greatly appreciative.”
NAVPA's Board of Directors work in concert with the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs, Education, and Defense, to promote the improvement and development of all opportunities to veterans, and their dependents, for their personal growth and fullest potential. As a member of the NAVPA Board of Directors, Oney will be in direct contact with these federal agencies, as well as having input with the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and other national and regional professional organizations concerning NAVPA's mission.