Veteran Support Program

The Journey for Underrepresented Medical Professionals (JUMP) sponsors a Veteran Support Program (VSP) at Northern Arizona University (NAU).  This program is housed in the College of Health and Human Services. 

The Veterans Affairs Coordinator will assist any U.S. Armed Forces Veteran and their dependents who are interested in, or are currently pursuing, a degree in a health profession.

The Veteran Support Program Scholars will be able to participate in: 

  • Academic support tailored to the unique needs of Veteran students 
  • Guidance and educational support through your college career
  • Peer-to-peer mentorship
  • Professional Connections through program events
  • Direction in navigating Veteran Administration (VA) processes and accessing VA benefits

The VSP Coordinator 

Bobby J. Cast, MS is a Senior Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy Reserves and is well versed in the issues that impact student veterans. He has served in the Navy’s reserve component since 2004.  Mr. Cast earned both a Bachelor and Masters degree while continuing to serve in the military.  
In the Navy’s reserve he has served: 
  • As an Educational Services Officer (ESO), he briefed service members on educational opportunities and benefits they could utilize to pursue a degree and the importance of completing an educational program. 
  • As a Command Career Counselor he advised service members on maximizing their military careers, resources that exist to support their academic endeavors, procedures for transitioning from military to civilian careers, and coordinate employment workshops. 
  • As the Senior Enlisted Leader for his unit, he overseen all aspects of the above listed programs for over 75 military members across 20 career fields, including those that serve in medical rates/MOS.
Bobby is uniquely positioned to assist veteran students:
  • In transitioning from military service to civilian life.
  • Navigating the processes of obtaining veteran benefits that aid in funding a veteran student’s education.
  • Provide students that have transitioned from active duty service to reserve or National Guard duty with resources for balancing their service requirements and educational endeavors.