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Department of Veteran Affairs Healthcare
Veterans who have served in the active duty military, and separated under any condition other than dishonorable, may qualify for VA health Care benefits. The first step in accessing valuable VA health benefits is to apply! To determine your eligibility, visit the VA Health Benefits site, or contact the local OEF/OIF/OND Patient Transition Advocate Phone: 512-389-6793 or Cell: 512-653-6485. You are strongly encouraged to apply for VA Health Benefits.

VA Disability Claim Assistance
All veterans with injuries or illnesses acquired while on active duty, or made worse by active military service, are eligible for VA disability compensation. The benefits are tax-free, and once an individual qualifies for VA disability compensation, compensation is received every month.

The disability claims process is tedious and time consuming. For the best outcome possible it is recommended that you access local claims representation resources. The links below provide information on organizations in the central Texas area that provide VA disability claims representation. The best way to get started is to show up early at the:

Weekly TVC VA Record Review
VA Austin Outpatient Clinic
7901 Metropolis Drive, Austin, TX 78744
Monday–Thursday: 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Texas Veteran Commission Claims Assistance

Travis County Veteran Service Office

University Health Services
All currently registered UT Austin students have access to University Health Services (UHS), located on campus in the Student Services Building.

Mental Health

Empowering Student Veterans to Succeed and to Lead
Follow us on Twitter: @UTAustinVAOC

What is VITAL?

Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership (VITAL) is a Veteran-Centered, results-oriented collaboration between the Central Texas Veteran Health Care System, the University of Texas at Austin, and other institutions of Higher Education in the Central Texas area.We strive to enhance academic retention and success. We understand the unique factors facing our Veteran students. We are here to help.

If you are a Veteran or concerned about a Veteran enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin, VITAL will partner with you to resolve issues and find resources, no matter what their discharge status.

What does VITAL offer?

Services for Veterans

  • Counseling for adjustment, stress, anger, depression, sleep problems, and anxiety
  • Referral to and working with University disability services to request academic accommodations
  • Support with University processes regarding academic actions and/ or conduct issues
  • Assistance with enrollment and care at local VA healthcare facilities
  • Assistance obtaining resources from the VA and its affiliates
  • Help in obtaining assistance devices such as hearing aids and screen readers

Services for Faculty and Staff

  • Education about veteran and military- specific issues
  • Training in military/ veteran culture
  • Consultation on veteran-specific issues that impact performance and retention
  • Collaboration with University Mental Health Centers in serving the unique mental health needs of veterans
  • Assistance in communication between the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System and University Staff about your concerns, resources and specific needs.

What are the values of VITAL and the VA?

  • Trust in the integrity of the VITAL Initiative and a commitment to its goals.
  • Respect, understanding, and sensitivity to your unique concerns.
  • Excellence in service delivery.
  • Compassion in all that we do.
  • Commitment to the highest principles and ethics.

Contact Us


Jeffrey Moe, MA, LMSW
Social Worker
Student Veteran Outreach Coordinator, VITAL Program
Office: UT SSB 4.478
(512) 232-2677
jeffrey.moe@va.gov
 

Sharon Wills, Ph.D
Clinical Psychologist
Central Texas VITAL Program Director
(512) 823-4628
sharon.wills@va.gov

"If I would not have gone to counseling, I would have just given up and gone into the workforce.
It basically put things in perspective… A lot of people wait.
There is nothing proud about not get help, do what you need to do to stay healthy."

-Chris, UT Austin Student Veteran

Make the Connection
A national public awareness campaign based on powerful personal video testimonials - true stories of Veterans who faced mental health issues, reached out for support, and found ways to overcome their challenges. Watch hundreds of Veteran videos and learn more.

UT Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC)
CMHC is committed to serving UT Austin's diverse campus community by providing counseling, psychiatric consultation and prevention services that facilitate students' academic and life goals and enhance their personal growth and wellbeing.

UT Counseling and Mental Health Center Crisis Line: 512-471-CALL (2255)

From Soldier to Student: Making the Transition to UT Austin

VA Austin Outpatient Clinic
Offers a variety of healthcare services for veterans as part of the VA's Central Texas Veterans Health Care System. Located at 7901 Metropolis Drive, Austin, TX 78744.

Austin Vet Center
Offers free, confidential counseling to veterans and their families for military sexual trauma and other conditions. Veterans can access services at the Vet Center without going through the formal process of applying for veterans' medical benefits, disability or compensation.

The Veteran Crisis Line
The Veterans 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. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Department of Veteran Affairs Vet Center in Texas

National Center for PTSD

Department of Veteran Affairs PTSD Program Locator

VA Mobile App: PTSD Coach

Sexual Trauma

VA Austin Outpatient Clinic
Offers treatment on an outpatient basis for both male and female veterans through the VA's, located at 7901 Metropolis Drive, Austin, TX 78744.

Women's Trauma Recovery Center
Located in Temple, Texas, this center offers a residential program that treats women veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) resulting from Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

Sexual Violence: Information and Resources

Other Resources

On Campus

UT Counseling and Mental Health Center Crisis Line: 512-471-CALL (2255)

UT Center for Students in Recovery

Be That One. Suicide Prevention

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Counseling Program

Stress Management Resources

Sports Medicine

Women's Health

Voices Against Violence

Quitters: Stop Smoking Class

Integrated Health Program

Health Topics

24-Hour Nurse Advice Line: 512-475-6877 (NURS)

Medical Withdrawals and Course Load Reductions

Classroom, Course Load or Exam Accommodations for Students with a Disability

Off Campus

VA Mental Health Home
Information about mental health conditions, and links to services for veterans and their families.

Women Veterans Health Care
Provides information on health care services available to women veterans, as well as answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about women veterans health care.

Rethinking Drinking: Alcohol and Your Health
Information and tips for anyone who is unaware that their drinking habits put them at risk for alcohol-related problems; anyone who has symptoms of an alcohol use disorder without recognizing them; and anyone who knows their drinking is causing problems but doesn't know where to get help with cutting back or quitting.

SoberAustin.com

Substance Abuse Self Assessment