Weber State tabs former airman to lead Veterans Services
OGDEN –A new face can be seen around Weber State University’s Veterans Services as Robert Wolfley has taken over as director.
Wolfley, who served 22 years in the Air Force before retiring from Hill Air Force Base in 2016, said he is eager to help fellow veterans navigate their educational careers and feel at place at Weber State.
“Having served in the military, I’ve faced some of the same challenges and jumped through some of the same hoops as our veteran students,” Wolfley said in a university press release.
He said his primary goal is ensuring veterans and their families receive educational benefits due to them for their service. According to WSU, 550 students used educational benefits provided through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs during the 2022 fall semester.
According to Wolfley, veterans oftentimes do not believe they are deserving of education benefits. In his new role, he said he aims to serve not only veterans but also spouses and dependents using VA education benefits.
While navigating educational benefits such as the G.I. Bill can be challenging, Wolfley said it does not have to be. He encourages all veterans to stop by his office, located inside Veteran Services on the second floor of the Shepherd Union building, for help getting started as well as guidance moving forward.
“We want to help veterans understand some of the paths they can take, identify some of the skills they have and how those skills can translate across different professions,” he said in the release.
Wolfley began his military career as a security forces airman before transitioning into the military’s education and training career field. He later built upon his skills in the military by earning a bachelor’s degree in communication studies as well as a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling.
Wolfley also spent time under the employment of the Utah Department of Workforce Services, connecting veterans to job opportunities across Northern Utah.
“I knew it would be challenging, but this job is a good fit,” he said.