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Resources for veterans

The University has a variety of resources on campus to serve veterans and service members. Contact us if you have any questions.

The Pat Tillman Foundation invests in military veterans and their spouses through academic scholarships helping build a diverse community of leaders committed to service. The Tillman Scholarship covers direct study-related expenses—including tuition and fees, books, and a living stipend—for eligible service members, veterans, or military spouses who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate degrees as a full-time student at a public or private U.S.-based accredited institution.

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is one of fifteen institutions from around the country that serves as a University Partner for the Tillman Scholars Program. This means that applicants for the Tillman Scholars program compete in a separate pool of applicants for University Partner schools.

We have had the honor of having seven students selected as Tillman Scholars since 2012. We will email student veterans when the application is available each year. We also hold information sessions with Tillman Scholars to discuss the process.

The Student Veterans Association (SVA) is located in the Veterans Transition Center (VTC), and is a non-partisan, student-led veterans group at the University. The SVA exists to support the veterans of our country's Armed Forces and our main goal is to help student veterans transition from military to civilian life. We provide student veterans with a place where they can meet other student veterans in a friendly atmosphere.

Are you facing an academic challenge? Has it been difficult adjusting to civilian life? Meet with a VA psychologist who can address your veteran-specific concerns and easily connect you to additional medical services. Appointments are available at Student Counseling Services in Appleby Hall from 8:00-11:00 a.m. on Fridays.

If you are enrolled in VA Health Care, call Student Counseling Services at 612-624-3323 to make an appointment with Dr. Scott Sponheim. If you are not enrolled in the VA Health Care System, please contact Brad Foss at 612-250-9627.

We are proud to have a staff member in office from the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs Higher Education Veterans Program every other Thursday from 12:00-4:00 p.m.

If you need assistance related to medical benefits, employment, family assistance, transition issues, and additional veterans benefits and programs, contact Duane Bauer at 651-757-1594 or duane.bauer@state.mn.us, or stop in during his office hours.

University of Minnesota Career Services has great information specific to student veterans to help them prepare for their careers or explore their career options.

Students at the University of Minnesota have access to several mental health options on campus. Student Counseling Services and Boynton Mental Health Clinic are great resources.  

The OIF/OEF program with the VA Medical Center will meet with students in the University Veterans Services office once per week. Students can talk to a VITAL Outreach Coordinator about using VA Health Care and submitting VA disability claims. VITAL (Veterans Integration To Academic Leadership) is a Veteran-centered, results-oriented collaboration between the Minneapolis VA Health Care System (MVAHCS) and higher education.

Appointments and walk-in services are available the 1st and 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the Student Veterans Association lounge in B-18 Johnston Hall. Students can contact Donna Pahl at 612-629-7612 to set up an appointment.

The VITAL coordinator will be available to speak with you about the following and any other health-related issues:

  1. If you were injured while in the military, your VA medical team will document this and provide you with support to help you get back to your full physical potential. This documentation will assist you in supporting any claims you may need to file for compensation and pension.
  2. Being connected to VA medical will not only help you offset the costs of expensive emergency room care; it also serves as your insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act.
  3. Involvement in the United States armed forces can have a lasting impact on your mental health, which can affect your success in classes. At the VA, we can help and support you through your education.