Veterans / Military Resources

University of Nevada Counseling Services Welcomes
Student Veterans, Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard Members

Transitioning from military life to the academic arena offers new and exciting opportunities. It may also come with its own set of unique challenges. Learning to put aside "survival mode" and the structure of military life to adapt to a more relaxed frame of mind is not always easy. Those who have not experienced the military life may not understand what current or former military men and women are feeling.

The transition to college life can sometimes lead to academic, social, physical, relationship and emotional difficulties. It may be difficult to relate to traditional college students. Developing a sense of identity other than that of a soldier may be difficult. Finding importance and meaning in activities that seem trivial, compared to the adrenalin rush of military life, can bring about a sense of boredom. These are common challenges among those transitioning from soldier to student.

While you are adapting to this new lifestyle, it may be helpful to pace yourself to avoid becoming overwhelmed by the new challenges you are facing. Using a daily schedule to stay organized and adjust to the variety of options and choices you now face may prove helpful to you. You can reduce feelings of isolation and "feeling different" from other students by connecting with other veterans or members of the military on campus who understand your feelings and experiences. Try to limit the use of alcohol and other drugs which can increase feelings of depression, sleep difficulties, relationship, and academic problems. Get enough sleep, eat healthy and exercise. Finally, try to reestablish an identity separate from your military service by identifying personal values, passions, and hobbies and actively engage in those activities.

Most military members are able to successfully transition back to civilian life and enjoy their academic pursuits. If problems do occur, they usually diminish as time goes on. However, if you are experiencing symptoms that are interfering with your daily life and functioning, you may want to consider talking to someone. Consider seeking counseling if you are experiencing:

  • Suicidal thoughts or feelings
  • Recurring and intrusive memories and/or dreams
  • Avoidance of anything associated with your military experience
  • Diminished interest in taking part in activities you previously enjoyed
  • Feelings of being emotionally distant or detached from others
  • Feeling suicidal or having recurrent thoughts of death
  • Frequent irritability or anger
  • Hypervigilance or being easily startled by noises or movements
  • Guilt or anger over something that happened while you were deployed
  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs

Counseling Services is here to assist you. We have counselors who have experience dealing with veterans and military personnel and their particular issues and concerns. Please give us a call or come in to schedule an appointment if you, or someone you are worried about, needs help.

University of Nevada, Reno Counseling Services has an after-hours crisis line at (775) 297-8315.

If you, or someone you care about, is in crisis, the Veterans Crisis Line is available. This confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, and texting service is available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week with professionals trained to deal with issues specific to veterans, military personnel, and their families.

Veterans Crisis Line

CALL 1-800-273-8255 Press 1 or TEXT 838255

Below are useful websites for veterans, military personnel and their families:

  • Military Onesource
    Free support service provided by the Department of Defense offering assistance and resources to service members and their families on a wide variety of issues.
    Information and self-guided solutions for dealing with common post-deployment problems, such as stress, anger, depression, and relationship issues and more. The content is directed at veterans, service members and their families.
  • Defense Centers of Excellence in Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury
    Information and resources for warriors, families and veterans regarding psychological health concerns and traumatic brain injuries.
    Resources for Veterans and Service members related to educational and vocational concerns and making the transition to civilian and/or academic life.
  • National Center for PTSD
    Information and resources on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, deployment and reintegration for veterans and their families.
  • Veteran Services at University of Nevada, Reno
    Liaison to the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs for certification of your veteran and veteran related education benefits. Provides support for applying for and receiving veteran education benefits at University of Nevada.
  • Student Veterans of America
    Non-profit organization providing support to help Veterans succeed in higher education and achieve their academic goals.

Books about returning from the war zone for veterans and their families:

  • Courage After Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families by Keith Armtrong,
  • DownRange: to Iraq and Back by Bridget Cantrell and Chuck Dean.