Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) at the University of Arizona

VETS incorporate academics, institutional access, student involvement and research, not only to support the success of enrolled student veterans, but also to understand their experiences more authentically and maintain a program that is effective and dynamic.

The numbers of veterans enrolling in higher education over the last decade has increased significantly. This trend holds true here at the University of Arizona. As higher education prepares nationally for this influx of student veterans, the UA has been committed to supporting veteran success and to help create a national climate for veterans in higher education that is inclusive of their unique talents and experiences.

VETS Center in the USS Arizona Student Union Memorial Center & the Arizona Health Sciences VETS Center
As a hub of information for student veterans and veterans looking to enter the UA, the Student Vets Center is staffed by trained student veterans who have transitioned to the UA and are knowledgeable about the campus. Student Vets Center staff offers individualized service to improve the experience of all vets at the UA. The Student Vets Center is a casual safe place for student veterans to relax and study.

Supportive Education for Returning Veterans (SERV) Curriculum
UA offers an academic and workforce success program for returning veterans called Supportive Education for Student Veterans (SERV). The program consists of four college-credit, general education courses that will help you convert your military training and experience into lifelong success skills. The program is an on-ramp for getting your college degree and for improving your employability. You will learn how to succeed in school and develop proven skills for success in life.

Partnership with the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
VETS continued our strong collaboration with the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System (SAVAHCS). The Lead Psychologist of the SAVAHCS, Dr. Michael Marks, conducts individual counseling out of the VETS Center on Tuesdays. A female counselor conducts individual counseling for all veterans, and female veterans specifically, out of Counseling and Psych Services on Mondays. A Nurse Practitioner from the VA is on campus once per month to enroll student veterans into the VA Health Care System. The Transition Patient Advocate for OIF/OEF/OND is in the VETS Center once per month to meet with student veterans.

Partner Institution with the Pat Tillman Foundation
UA is a partner institution with the Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) and in May PTF will select the sixth cohort of Tillman Military Scholars. Veterans, active-duty service members and current military spouses are eligible to apply for the scholarship. The online application will be open Feb. 7 through March 6.

The UA will host the following information sessions: at the Arizona Health Sciences Center VETS Center on Fridays at 4 p.m., Jan. 24 through Feb. 28; at the UA main campus VETS Center on Wednesdays at noon, Jan. 29 through Feb. 26; and at the Eller College of Management on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., Jan. 28 through Feb. 25.One session at UA South will be held February 6th from 5:30PM to 6:30PM.

VETS Tutoring VETS
The fall 2013 semester was the first semester of the partnership between VETS and the Southern Arizona Chapter of the American Red Cross. The partnership consists of an AmeriCorp grant for student veterans to tutor other student veterans. Student Veteran tutors include fields of mathematics, English, and the sciences.  

Partnership with the Vice Provost Office
In August VETS, in collaboration with the Vice Provost Office, finished a video designed for Faculty working with student veterans. The piece was first utilized during the Dean and Department Head orientation in August 2013 and can be available for viewing.

For more information please contact:

Cody Nicholls
Assistant Dean of Students
Military and Veteran Engagement
Tillman Point Person
The University of Arizona

USS Arizona Student Union Memorial Center VETS Center, 404M
Tucson, AZ 85721-0017

Arizona Health Science Center VETS Center, 2101G
Tucson, AZ 85724-5079

SUMC VETS Center Tel: (520)626-7154
AHSC VETS Center  Tel: (520)626-0772
Fax: (520)621-6930