Phone:
(810) 424-5391
Email:
hjbudd@umich.edu
Student Veterans Resource Center

Helen Budd

Program Manager

Education: Master of Public Administration, Master of Business Administration

Credentials and Experience: I am a dedicated and knowledgeable professional, providing assistance to student veterans and their families with VA/Department of Defense benefits, coordinating student services, and providing support to the UM-Flint Student Veterans of America Chapter. I have served as a VA Certifying Official since 2005 in both private and public institutions of higher education.  I have worked at the University of Michigan-Flint since May 2013, and I am a proud alumna of the University of Michigan Rackham School of Graduate Studies after earning my Master of Public Administration at UM-Flint.

Favorite part of your work with the SVRC: I really enjoy assisting my student veterans and dependents, providing counseling on the various VA education benefits that are available, and assisting in your overall success at the University of Michigan-Flint. Ultimately, I love to watch my students graduate and celebrate your accomplishments and hard work!  Commencement is my all-time favorite event at the University!

Advice for student veterans: Take the time to learn about your benefits.  You earned them! Meet regularly with an academic advisor to ensure that you are on track toward graduation, and attend and pass your classes. Also take time to enjoy the resources and activities that the University has to offer, including the Student Veterans Resource Center.  When you graduate, you take with you the whole college experience and a vast network of professional alumni!

GO BLUE!

Phone:
(810) 424-5589
Email:
cunnintw@umich.edu
Student Veterans Resource Center

Troy Cunningham

Office Assistant

Credentials and Experience: I served four years in the United States Air Forces in security and law enforcement. Little over a year of volunteer experience with the Red Cross and Salvation Army providing poverty alleviation and disaster relief. Currently, a nursing assistant pursuing a B.S. in Nursing.

Favorite part of your work with the SVRC: I have a passion for serving others in need and a very enthusiastic attitude towards improving the SVA to help make it a welcoming and enjoyable student organization for all veterans who may be in need or for anyone looking for that sense of comradery that isn't so easy to find outside the military.

Advice for student veterans: To work hard, and stay focused don't forget why you're attending the University of Michigan-Flint. If you're stressed reach out to someone, take advantage of all of your resources. You can always reach out to any of the SVRC staff or the SVA officers if you need help.

Phone:
(810)424-5589
Email:
jugarcia@umich.edu
Student Veterans Resource Center

Juan Garcia

Office Assistant

My Story: I graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint in 2012 with a double Bachelor's degree in History and Anthropology. Afterward, I joined the US Navy in 2014. In the military, I served five years as an electrical engineer on an aircraft carrier spanning several deployments overseas, in different departments. Currently, I’m a pre-nursing student at the University and one of the office assistants at the Student Veteran Resource Center.

Tips for New Student Veterans: Don’t be intimidated by this new setting. You will be successful, and there are many people who are there to help you out with any problem that may surface. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions and to seek a tutor. 

Phone:
(810) 424-5589
Email:
rmyarbro@umich.edu
Student Veterans Resource Center

Bob Yarbrough

Office Assistant (Communications Specialist)

Credentials and Experience: I served 12 years on active duty in the U.S. Army as a Public Affairs Mass Communications Specialist. I created radio and television content as well as photo and print media for use in news media, internal unit briefings, and psychological operations. I deployed to combat, peacekeeping, and foreign training missions worldwide. I’m still serving in the U.S. Army Reserve with the 220th Public Affairs Detachment while working towards my bachelor's in communications at the university.

Favorite part of your work with the SVRC: I love helping people, and feel that Veterans are a much underserved population. When I’m in the center, I feel a little bit of that camaraderie that I miss from being on active duty. It’s also helpful that I can help in the communications areas of running the center, so that’s a bit of a jump start on my future career.

Advice for student Veterans: Take care of your mental health. It’s usually easier to be proactive than it is to be reactive, and there are tons of resources out there to help us get ourselves feeling right. Life’s hard, but it’s harder if we try to do it alone.

Use of military-themed imagery does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Department of Defense.