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Veterans Center Guide

About the Veterans Center

Brian Burlingame
Veterans Coordinator

714.966.5447
brian.burlingame@vanguard.edu

Jose Porillo
Operations Specialist
VA Certifying Official
714.619.6688
jose.portillo@vanguard.edu

Chris Kupitz
Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions Counselor
714.668.6113
christopher.kupitz@vanguard.edu

Brian Burlingame
Veterans Coordinator

Brian provides leadership in the Veterans Center, including recruiting students and identifying new ways that Vanguard can better serve the veteran population. He also serves as the  primary contact with elected officials and civic organizations.

Brian comes to Vanguard  University after a successful career as a Veteran, having served more than 30 years in the United States Marine Corps, most recently as the Operations Chief at Camp Pendleton.  Brian currently serves in the Men’s ministry at his Assemblies of God Church in San Marcos, California.

Brian earned his Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Ashford University. Brian’s strong relational skills and dedication to serve our Veterans will be a great asset as Vanguard continues to engage in the process of transforming the lives of our Veteran students.

Jose Porillo
Operations Specialist
VA Certifying Official

Jose's profile coming soon!

Chris Kupitz
Graduate and Professional Studies Admissions Counselor

Chris is not just an admissions counselor, but a Vanguard Alum (Psychology 13’), and an Army veteran. In his eight years of military service he completed two combat tours in Iraq and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for distinguished service in a combat environment. Since receiving his degree Chris has become passionate about helping prospective Professional Studies and Veteran students navigate the application and acceptance process to completing their own degree. When not in the office you can typically find Chris studying for his graduate degree, leading a Bible study, or playing soccer. If you are a veteran interested in learning more about what Vanguard has to offer please feel free to reach out to Chris at any time; he loves, and is energized by helping his fellow veterans find success in their own lives.

MISSION STATEMENT

The Veterans Center at Vanguard University exists to engage student veterans in the pursuit of academic and personal success.

Beyond the Classroom. We believe learning happens in the context of relationship.  Through close relationships, you’ll go beyond the classroom, getting not only knowledge you need but also the wisdom to apply what you’re learning.  

Beyond Community. Built into the fabric of our interactions is a culture that causes us to go beyond the normal definition of community, reaching out and connecting with each other.

Beyond Integration. Our understanding of the world informs and deepens our faith, bringing color and life in surprising ways.  As we go beyond integration, we discover a reality where faith comes to life in every moment.

Beyond Academics. Our commitment leads to academic transformation, where you’ll cultivate new abilities to think critically, communicate clearly, and interact intelligently – taking you places you never thought possible.

All of these areas work together, producing alumni that are beyond ready to live a story that matters.

The Veterans Resource Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Scott Academic Center.
Connect with someone today: veterans@vanguard.edu or 714.966.5447

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