Resources for Veteran Students & their Families

Soldier with his daughter

Did you know that nearly half of all college students reported feeling so depressed that they could not function during the last school year? More than that has faced an emotional problem of some sort.

  • Half of Us*
    Through Half of Us, mtvU and The Jed Foundation want to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues on campus and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help. View a video of stories of veterans who have made the transition from the battlefield to the classroom. Filmed by MTV, and featuring four veteran students, this clip highlights the emotional challenges faced by these individuals in their adjustment to life back home and the importance of finding support.
  • Student Vets Speak Out*
    Students who served in the Iraq War speak out about the emotional challenges of adjusting to life back at home and the importance of finding support.
  • Post Deployment Adjustment Information for Veterans and their Families
    For veterans, their friends and families, the return home is often just the first step in a longer re-adjustment process. This site provides resources on a wide range of issues to help vets following deployment, topics such as transitioning to life at home, uncovering signs of emotional problems, and dealing with war trauma.
  • VA OEF/OIF website
    This is a new VA website designed to provide returning service members (OEF/OIF veterans) with information about VA benefits, including such topics as What Can VA Do for Me? How Do I get Help? Welcome Home & Outreach.
  • Safe Driving Manual*
    Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death in veterans in the early years after returning from deployment. The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Transportation, along with the Department of Defense, are combining forces to reduce the risk of motor vehicle crashes among veterans, particularly those returning from the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Drinker’s Checkup*
    The Drinker’s Check up is a program designed to help you develop a better understanding of your drinking including any risks that it could pose, consider whether you might want to change your drinking, and understand the ways you could change if you decide to.
  • VA/DoD National Resource Directory*
    The National Resource Directory provides wounded, ill and injured Service Members and Veterans, their families, families of the fallen and those who support them with a web-based directory of valuable resources. It delivers information on, and access to, the full range of medical and non-medical services and resources needed to achieve their personal and professional goals across the transitions from recovery to rehabilitation to community reintegration.
  • Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Families of Military Personnel
    This guide is for services members and their families. It contains information to help military family members understand what to expect during the reintegration following time in a war zone, and to help them adapt back to home life with their loved one.
  • Helping a Family Member with PTSD
    This fact sheet from the National Center for PTSD provides information to help family members understand PTSD, why it happened, how it is treated, and what you can do to help.
  • Student Veterans of America*
    Student Veterans of America (SVA) is a coalition of student veterans groups from college campuses across the United States. SVA works to develop new student groups, coordinate between existing student groups, and advocate on behalf of student veterans at the local, state, and national level.
  • Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America*
    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is the nation’s first and largest group dedicated to the Troops and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those Troops and Veterans
  • Online Community for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans*
    A joint effort of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and the Ad Council.