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Veterans Resource Center

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All Veterans Resource Center (VRC) staff are veterans or military family members, and either college graduates or currently attending Chapman.

To get in touch with staff members, you can contact us or visit the Center.


Director of Veterans Affairs: Blas Villalobos (USMC ‘99-’03)

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Role and duties: Villalobos supports potential and current Chapman students who are military personnel, veterans or family members. This includes providing information and referrals on academic, career, personal, and social matters.

He also communicates with internal/constituencies and helps coordinate outreach activities. This work is part of continuing efforts to create a strong and supportive military community at Chapman.

Experience: Blas Villalobos served in the United States Marine Corps from 1999-2003. He was deployed to Iraq during the invasion in March 2003, and served as a squad leader during combat operations.

After military service, he received a BA in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Southern California (USC). He is currently a Doctor of Social Work candidate at USC.

Prior to his current position, Villalobos served as Veterans Affairs Manager for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Veterans Affairs.

In 2010, he was selected as Veteran of the Year for California’s 54th district.

Advice for veterans: “Whether you are pursuing a trade or a PhD, your experience is a valuable resource as you continue your education and advance your career. You can and should use that experience to improve your own life, and the lives of others.”

You can read more about Villalobos in the Chapman new story “Reporting for Duty: First Director of Chapman University’s New Veterans Resource Center.”