Counseling Veterans Resources

FAU Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) would like to thank you for your service to our country. We recognize that returning service men and women are a growing part of our university community and one of the biggest issues facing combat veterans especially is social isolation. While most veterans return from deployment without problems, some have experienced mental health issues. CAPS is here to support your mental health needs as you make the transition into student life. We provide individual, couples, family, and group counseling, and offer resources for community support services. In addition, current CAPS’ counseling clients are eligible for being referred for a psychiatric evaluation, if needed. All services are provided at no additional cost to currently enrolled students. As a part of the FAU community, we are here to promote education and awareness for our staff and faculty as well about the psychological issues that our veterans may face. Throughout the year we will host events that recognize and support our veterans.

Possible issue that veterans and their families may experience are;

Adjusting to civilian life


Students In Distress: A Guide for FAU Faculty and Staff  to address frequently asked questions.

Florida Service to Scholars( is an initiative to transition veterans from battlefield to the classroom.  FAU Military and Veterans Affairs Office is designed to act as a liaison between the student and Veteran's Administration to utilize this program.

National Veteran's Foundation  - 1-888-777-4443

The Veteran's Hotline (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline) 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Press # 1.  
This will link you to Operation S.A.V.E. which provides suicide prevention information, The National Center for PTSD, and information on addiction.
The National Military Family Association provides resources and support to spouses and children of service men and women.
Provides information on post deployment health
Gives daily information on medical/psychiatric topics 
Disabled American Veterans 
a 24/7 resource for military members, 
spouses and families 
American Veterans with Brain Injuries 
U.S. Department of Labor to help returning service members affected by TBI and/or PTSD succeed in the workplace particular focus on OEF and OIF service members. 
Mandated by the U. S. Congress and developed by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration to focus  on the concerns and problems experienced following a deployment.

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.

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.

Half of Us*
Did you know that nearly half of all college students reported feeling so depressed that they couldn't function during the last school year? More than that have faced an emotional problem of some sort.  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.

ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention. ULifeline is available where college students seek information the most - at their fingertips on the Internet.

FAU Military and Veterans Student Succeess Center
The following sites provide additional resources for veterans and their families. Crisis/Hotlines. National VA Homeless Hotline – 24 Hour
Connecting Wounded, Ill and Injured Service Members, Veterans, Their Families, and Caregivers with Those Who Support Them.
T2, VA and other government agencies offer a variety of psychological health mobile aps which can be used anywhere and anytime.
These self-help materials are intended to help Veterans in their recovery by offering education about mental health conditions.
Learn about signs of drug and alcohol misuse and options for treatment. Hear inspiring stories of veterans and service members who took control.
IAVA is a small nonprofit with a humble operating budget. In order to get the biggest bangs for our meager bucks we must take maximum advantage of technology.

Recommended Reading,  On Course: Strategies for Creating Success in College and In Life - Skip Downing