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Student Veteran Resources

Recognitions
 
 
Since 2009, Texas State University has been recognized as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs. In 2011, Texas State ranked 13th nationally in the Best For Vets college survey conducted by Military Times EDGE. This recognition was  accomplished due to the support and dedication of our faculty and staff. Many Texas State departments, colleges, and programs have been designated Veteran Friendly Offices. These offices effectively practice a one-stop philosophy when helping student veterans.
 
It is our honor to collectively serve those who have sacrificied so much for our country. Helping our student veterans and their families identify and utilize essential resources on-campus and in the local community is one of our ways of giving back. Please browse our pages to find programs and resources which assists student veterans in succeeding at Texas State University.

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Veterans initiative

Veterans Alliance of Texas State (VATS)
The Veterans Alliance of Texas State (VATS) is a chartered student organization made up of US military veterans and their supporters with the mission of assisting our military members with the transition from service to student.  VATS provides an extensive social and professional network in addition to connecting other veterans with the various resources available to them.  ALL student veterans are encouraged to join.

7th Annual Stars & Stripes Scramble Golf Tournament Sponsored by VATS

This tournament invites all who wish to support student veterans at Texas State and a not-for-profit local organization which actively supports them. Project Healing Waters is an organization helping student veterans recreationally. All of the funds go directly to veterans. For more information, please click here.

Programs and Services at Texas State for Student Veterans

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Veteran Friendly Office Program (VFO)

The Veteran Friendly Office Program (VFO) is a collaborative effort between the Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, and the Veterans Advisory Council at Texas State University.

Departments and programs designated as Veteran Friendly offices ensure Texas State student veterans are provided with friendly, proper and immediate assistance. These efforts  assist their academic goals and personal endeavors. In order to receive this designation, it is required for an office attend a helpful, interactive, and informative training session .

Read more about the VFO Program.

Student Veteran Monthly Lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Student Veteran Monthly Lunch

Student Veterans are invited to participate in a monthly informal meet-and-greet. This provides an opportunity to interact with peers, various on - and off-campus representatives, and Texas State faculty. This casual lunch connects veterans with prospective mentors, learn about various opportunities, receive updates on upcoming events, and to take a break from a busy day.

Dates:
Wednesday, February 15th
Thursday, March 9th
Thursday, April 20th

Times & Location:
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
LBJ Student Center Room 4-1.6

RSVP to Attend

Veteran Welcome Reception

Veteran Welcome Reception

Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm 
LBJ Student Center Room 3-13.1
New and current student veterans are invited to attend. This opportunity connects student veterans with resources, services, Veteran Friendly Offices, and other student veterans. A welcome reception is a great opportunity to meet Veteran Alliance of Texas State, meet prospective mentors, and learn about resources and opportunities at Texas State.    Food is provided. There will be a drawing for gift baskets sponsored by Veterans Alliance of Texas State and University Federal Credit Union .
 
Sponsors: Veterans Alliance of Texas State, Veterans Initiative, and Veterans Advisory Council.
Veterans Graduation Reception
 

Veterans Graduation Reception

May 8th, 2017 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

LBJ Student Center Ballroom

This reception recognizes the academic achievements and contributions of student veterans, their families and friends at Texas State. Graduation student veterans will be honored, listen to a keynote speaker and receive red, white and blue cords as part of their graduation regalia. Refreshments will be served.
 
If you are or someone you know is graduating this semester, please register to participate. For more information.

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Veterans Advisory Council (VAC)

 
The Veterans Advisory Council (VAC) was created in November 2008. This effort combines the knowledge, resources, skills, and abilities of   faculty and staff who strategically plan assistance to student veterans at Texas State.  The council became a recognized group in August 2009 under the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
 
To learn more about VAC, please visit their website: Veterans Advisory Council.

Veterans initiative

Veterans Initiative at Texas State

School of Social Work
 
Veterans Initiative is directed by Dr. Katherine Selber, Professor for the School of Social Work. It is a model of transitional, comprehensive, and coordinated services built upon the knowledge and understanding of Texas State veterans. Up-to-date empirical research and needs assessments informs Dr. Selber and her Social Work interns of the work necessary to be done to effective assist student veterans. In addition, partnerships help the campus be responsive by utilizing  active outreach and follow-up to engage student veterans in a variety of venues. Services in the model have been developed in the areas of academic support and orientation, health and behavioral health, career and employment, and training and technical assistance.

 

For free support and referrals email: veteransinitiative@txstate.edu

 

Check out the Veterans Initiative Brochure (below).

This is a comprehensive list of resources, departments, and offices here to serve you.


Health & Wellness Services

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Counseling Center

The Counseling Center offers a variety of services to help cope with stress.

A few of their services include: self help resources, individual counseling, group counseling and workshops. Visit their website for more information!

 

Office of Disability Services

ODS provides specialized support services based on the individual student's disability-based needs. For classroom accommodations, please visit the Office of Disability Services website.  ODS employs two (2) Veteran Liaison Specialists to assist student veterans.

Contact ODS

 

Off-Campus Resources

Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital

Austin Vet Center

Austin Outpatient Clinic

San Antonio Vet Center NE

Community Action, Inc of Central Texas

Hays Caldwell Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse

 

Seeking a job?

Career Services

Career Services                             

Texas State's Career Services office provides a variety of services tailored to the needs of Texas State student veterans.                          

Services include resume assistance, career exploration, job searching, on-campus student employment resources and career prep. Visit their Military & Post Military Career Resource Page for more information! 

          

 

 

Other Highlights and Services On and Around Campus

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Highlights & Events Around Campus

Veterans Day Commemoration

Veteran's Memorial Garden

Hillviews: A Welcome Home for Veterans

 

Off Campus Resources

The Hays County Veteran Services Office assists veterans and their dependents access federal, state, local and nonprofit program benefits.

 

Other Off Campus Resources

Military Veteran Peer Network

 
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Additional Off-Campus Resources

Quit Day - At QuitDay, our mission is to help people add 10 healthy years to their lives. Smoking and tobacco addiction reduces quality of life for millions of people each year. Our team strives to inspire people to quit smoking, and have a positive impact on the lives of their loved ones and their children.

Wounded Warrior Project - To honor and empower Wounded Warriors; To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members; To help injured service members aid and assist each other; To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

Texas Veterans Commission - A Veteran is a fellow citizen, a man or woman who at one significant point in his or her life, made out a blank check payable to the United States of America for any amount up to and including life itself. I want to personally thank all Veterans for their service to our country and remind Texans that our Veterans deserve nothing less than to be honored on this day and all year.

Scholarship

Below is a list of upcoming scholarship opportunities:

American Legion Post 326 Scholarship for Living Expenses DEADLINE: May 1st, 2017

Restore Honor Ride
Restore Honor Ride

Featured Program

Restore Honor Ride

Restore Honor Ride is a 3,500-mile bicycle ride from Santa Monica, CA to Washington DC beginning April 23.

Purpose:
The purpose of the Restore Honor Ride is to recognize and honor the hundreds of thousands of patriotic Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Veterans who suffered from discrimination while in the military, and had to hide who they were in order to serve their country.

Those who were discharged or forced to resign for being gay, now have the right to receive the honorable discharge that they were denied, get the benefits that they are entitled to, and re-enlist and serve openly if they choose. Our goal is to reach those Veterans who were affected by the previous policies of the U.S. military and make them aware of their options.

For more information:

Vicki Hallman | Lecturer, Health and Human Performance Department
vh13@txstate.edu or restorehonorride@gmail.com
512.826.2624
www.youcaring.com/restorehonorride  |  @RestoreHonor1