About

SUMC VETS Center

Regular Semester Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am-8:00 pm

Closed Weekends, Holidays, And in Between Semesters

Summer Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am-5:00 pm

Location

Student Union Memorial Center
VETS Center, 404
Tucson , AZ 85721
Phone: 520-626-8380

AHSC VETS Center

Regular Semester Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:30 am-8:00 pm

Closed Weekends, Holidays, And in Between Semesters

Summer Hours

Monday - Friday: 8:30 am-5:00 pm

Location

Arizona Health Science Center
VETS Center, 2101G
Tucson , AZ 85724
Phone: 520-626-0772

Staff

Student Director
SUMC Student Lead
AHSC Student Lead
Assistant Dean of Students, Military & Veteran Engagement
Professor of Practice in Psychology, Program Director of the Supportive Education for Returning Veterans
Veteran Services Coordinator & lead Certifying Official
Adaptive Athletics:
Director David Herr-Cardillo 520-626-4667 herrcard@email.arizona.edu
Admissions:
Transfer Admissions Counselor Paul J. Miller 520-621-5293 pauljm@email.arizona.edu
Counseling:
Professor of Practice in Psychology Michael Wm. Marks Ph.D 520-626-8380 marksm1@email.arizona.edu
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)/ Health & Wellness:
Mental Health Clinician Krishna Bright MA LPC; Michael Strangstalien, LPC 520-621-3334 kbright@email.arizona.edu mstrangs@email.arizona.edu
Disability Resource Center: Disability Resources Access Consultant:
Access Consultant Patty Bredehoft (520) 621-1435 pattyb@email.arizona.edu
Federal Relations:
Senior Director, Federal Affairs & National Advocacy Michael Sistak 703-351-5080 msistak@email.arizona.edu
Military One Source:
http://www.militaryonesource.mil/
Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid:
Program Coordinator Jamie Uhrlaub 520-621-1858 askaid@email.arizona.edu
Pima Community College Veterans:
Associate Director, Transfer Enrollment & Veterans Paul Miller 520-621-8332 pauljm@email.arizona.edu
Student Veterans of America at the University of Arizona:
SVA President Marc Duggan 520-626-8380 marcduggan@email.arizona.edu
Supportive Education for Returning Veterans curriculum:
Professor of Practice in Psychology Michael Wm. Marks PhD 520-626-8380 marksm1@email.arizona.edu
VA Work Study:
Graduate Associate Duan Copeland 520-626-8380 vetsofc@email.arizona.edu
VA Crisis Line:
1-800-273-8255
VA Website:
www.va.gov
Veterans Educational Benefits (GI Bill):
Veterans Services Coordinator & lead VA School Certifying Officer Regina Dowell 520-621-9501 veterans@email.arizona.edu
Veterans in Higher Education National Clearinghouse:
Assistant Dean of Students, Military & Veteran Engagement Cody Nicholls 520-626-7154 rcn1@email.arizona.edu

History

After surveying its student veterans in 2007, The University of Arizona used direct feedback to establish VETS in August 2008. VETS crosses campus and community boundaries to create a comprehensive, integrated program for student veterans which uses student feedback to drive its development. Since its inception, VETS has been recognized as one of the finest programs for student veterans in the country.

The VETS Center was originally located in Old Main. Though this space was generously donated, it quickly became apparent that the program would require more space. Within the first few weeks of opening, the Center saw around 5-10 visitors per week. Once word got out, the Center’s numbers drastically increased to upwards of 100 visitors a day. In August 2009, the Center moved into its permanent home in the Student Union Memorial Center. The SUMC serves as the perfect backdrop for the center given that it is located in the center of campus, houses a multitude of leadership and engagement opportunities for students, and also because the building itself was created to honor the significant contributions the military has made to campus and to history.

In April 2014, VETS proudly opened a new center at the Arizona Health Sciences Center. The AHSC VETS Center is the first resource center in the nation created specifically to accommodate student veterans pursuing degrees in the health-related sciences. The AHSC VETS center aims to provide immediate access to resources and foster student engagement among military veterans pursuing health-science degrees. It is now home to the MedVets Club, which focuses on helping their fellow veterans transition into the civilian healthcare field.

As you can see, VETS incorporates academics, institutional access, student involvement and research. VETS believes that in order to support the success of our enrolled student veterans we must constantly strive to understand their experience authentically and that this will ensure the program remains both innovative and effective.