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Student Veteran Affairs Resources


What is the VITAL Outreach Initiative?

We are reaching out to student veterans to help facilitate a healthy transition from service member to student. Learn how to adapt the skills that made you successful in the military to student life.

The VITAL Outreach Initiative is a partnership between UIC and Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. The purpose of the program is to enhance services to student veterans on campus and to provide easy access to VA services and benefits.

We are here to help you successfully navigate this transition with services tailored to meet the special needs and concerns of student veterans. We believe that veterans have a unique set of strengths, skills, and life experiences. Our program is designed to help you further develop these in an academic setting.

VA Enrollment and Benefits:
  • On-site enrollment to VA health care
  • Information and guidance on VA health care and education benefits
  • Guidance on navigating the VA system
  • Assistance with making appointments with VA providers
Academic Support:
  • Veteran peer mentoring program
  • Work study program
  • Guidance on coping with classroom difficulties including problems concentrating, focusing, restlessness, etc.
  • Assistance in obtaining classroom accommodations
Other Services:

  • Professional Counseling for a variety of issues including readjustment to civilian life, posttraumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, depression and suicidal thoughts, anxiety, grief, relationship problems, substance abuse, etc.
  • Veteran Support Groups
  • Referral to VA special clinics including Pain Clinic, Neuropsychology, OEF/OIF/OND
  • Post-Deployment Clinic, PTSD Clinic, Addiction Treatment Program, etc.
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Useful links

Department of Veteran Affairs -

View the most updated information regarding federal benefits.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA)-

The application for federal, state, and institutional aid aid at UIC. UIC´s priority deadline for filing the FAFSA is March1 each year.

Illinois Department of Veteran Affairs -

Provides assistance to veteran and their families in getting various services.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission -

View the most updated information regarding state veteran benefits.

Jesse Brown Veteran Affairs Medical Center -

View the medical services available to Illinois veterans.

Military Benefits -

A comprehensive website detailing benefits, news, etc.

Resource Guide for Student Veterans -

A guide to assist you as you navigate through UIC.

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