Veteran and Active Duty Military Students

Veteran and students in the military bring a unique perspective and a wealth of experience to the campus community. Colleges and universities may have a veteran’s services office that provides extra support to the veteran and military population.

Most student veterans are non-traditional college students. Many may be married, parents, or first-generation college students. Balancing work, school, and life may be challenging. Here are some tips for ensuring your success as a college student:

  • If your campus has a veteran’s office, get connected with them. The staff in the office can connect you with resources, and you can meet other student veterans and active duty military. This can help you feel less isolated.
  • Tell your professors that you’re a veteran and any challenges you may anticipate having in class. The professor can provide advice on how to be successful in their class, and letting them know about any possible challenges early on can be helpful.
  • Your institution may provide academic tutoring or other services for students. These services may be available in both day and evening hours.
  • You learned valuable leadership skills in the military; put them to use by getting involved on campus. You can share your leadership experience with other students. If you’re not sure where to start, your school might have a chapter of Student Veterans of America.
  • Share your experiences in class. You may have met lots of different people and been to many interesting places. Speak up in class and share your experiences with others.
  • Seek mental health care if you need it. Balancing work, school, and life can be difficult. If you find that you’re experiencing stress or other mental health issues, seek counseling, either on or off campus. The VA may have resources in your town. The student counseling center is available for individual and group sessions. The veteran’s office on campus may also provide mental health resources for student veterans.