Veteran Resources at The University of Texas at Austin
Student Veteran Services
The Student Veteran Services Office (SVS) at The University of Texas at Austin is your one-stop shop for student veterans on campus. The SVS provides information about GI Bill and Hazelwood benefits, helps dependents and veterans in transitioning to civilian life, assists with admissions, academic support, and job and career support. The office is located in the Student Services Building (SSB), room 4.472. Stop by the office on campus to ask questions and meet other Texas vets. Student Veteran Services and the Dean of Students are proud sponsors of UT Austin's Student Veteran Association!
The VA VITAL Program
The Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) Initiative recognizes that some veterans may enter colleges and universities with transitional issues or a need for physical or mental health assistance. VITAL strives to enhance academic retention and success through:
On-campus clinical care and coordination
Improving understanding of Veterans' unique strengths and challenges through education and training
Collaborating with your local VA Medical Center, Veterans Benefits Administration, campus faculty and staff, and community resources
The local VITAL outreach coordinator is located within the Student Veteran Services Office in the Student Services Building (SSB).
Some Important Resources for You
The SVA wants you to know how much we love you, so we've put together a list of important resources for you both on and off campus. As always, we are here if you ever have questions, need help, or find yourself in a tight spot. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time, for any reason. Sometimes school can be difficult but we are all in this together!
Along those lines, we've established an SVA helpline for you to use anytime you need something. Please at least save this number to your phone, even if you read no more of this email. Our officers will be manning this 24/7 so please know we are here for you if you need help.
SVA Helpline: (512) 843-3844
Externally Available Resources
If you find yourself needed help and are unable to contact someone on campus, please use these resources.
Veteran Crisis Hotline 24/7
1-800-273-8255, Press 1
The Veteran Crisis Line connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Please call this hotline if you find yourself in a crisis that needs immediate attention.
Women Veterans Hotline
The hotline is staffed by knowledgeable VA employees who can provide information about benefits including health care services for women. Callers can be linked to information on claims, education or health care appointments as well as information about VA cemeteries and memorial benefits. Staff can answer urgent questions and provide referrals to homeless and mental health services as well as provide Vet Center information.
Combat Veterans Hotline
An around the clock confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. The staff is comprised of combat Veterans from several eras as well as families members of combat Veterans. This benefit is prepaid through the Veteran’s military service.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
The VFW offers a wide range of assistance programs aimed at helping veterans of every generation. Whether that means providing free, professional help filing or appealing a VA claim, offering scholarships for post-secondary education or providing emergency financial relief when times get tough, the VFW is there for America's veterans.
Texas Veterans Commission
The Texas Veterans Commission was created in 1927 as the State Service Office to assist veterans of the Indian wars, Spanish-American War and World War I. Our purpose has always been to act as the state appointed advocate as they attempt to secure the benefits rightfully earned in exchange for their service in our nation's armed forces.
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.