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Military-Student Success

In Case of Emergency:

24-hour crisis line
785-234-3300
Center for Safety and Empowerment
1-888-822-2983
Campus Police
670-1153
Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255

Military-Student Resources

At Washburn University:

WU Student Health Services
All Washburn University students are eligible to visit Student Health Services free-of-charge with a valid WU ID.  Location:  Morgan Hall, Room 140.  PH:  785-670-1470

WU Counseling Services
Washburn’s Counseling Services is committed to supporting the diverse campus community by providing counseling services that facilitate students' academic and life goals and enhance their personal growth and wellbeing.  Counseling services are free-of-charge with a valid WU ID. 

Location:  Morgan Hall, Room 140. PH:  785-670-1470

WU Psychological Services Clinic

The Washburn Psychological Services Clinic is a treatment, research, and training clinic committed to providing outstanding mental health care to students at Washburn and the Topeka community.  They offer both anxiety and depression clinics and their services include but are not limited to:  individual therapy, therapy groups and a wide range of psychological testing services.

Location:  Henderson, Room 111.  PH:  785-670-1750

Washburn Student Military and Veteran Organization

The WU Student Military and Veteran Organization is an official member of the Student Veterans of America. The SVA is a network of student veterans groups from college campuses throughout the United States. It works as an advocate for student veterans at the local, state and national levels.

Washburn Student Military and Veteran Organization members standing in a military vehicle

The Organization has four main goals:

  • Increase peer-support in the transition from a military background into the life of a University student
  • Connect Military-Students with support programs and resources to enhance academic success
  • Bring awareness of military and veteran issues to campus
  • Serve the larger veteran community in Topeka and surrounding areas

The Organization has meetings the first Thursday of every month at 12:00 p.m. in the Military-Student Success Center, Mabee Library Room 206A.  All Military-Students are encouraged to attend!  If you would like more information about the organization or are interested in joining contact Chris Bowers at chris.bowers@washburn.edu or stop by the Military-Student Success Center.

Check out our Facebook page @WashburnUniversityVeterans

WU Diversity and Inclusion Office

The Diversity and Inclusion Offices helps Military-Students, including spouses and dependents, in applying for VA educational assistance programs and submitting enrollment certifications for VA education benefits.  Location:  Morgan Hall, Room 105.  PH:  785-670-1629

Military-Student Success Center

The mission of Washburn University’s Military-Student Success Center is to provide military veterans, current service members, spouses and dependents access to comprehensive support services to meet their individualized and diverse needs.  The Center exists to build and maintain a community of students with military experience in an environment of respect.

The Military-Student Success Center offers the following:  Study space, computer access, free printing, lounge area, extended hours and Military specific resources.

Location:  Mabee Library, Room 206A

WU Tutoring and Writing Center
Location:  Mabee Library, Room 308
View Tutoring Schedule

Washburn School of Law - Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic

The Washburn Law Clinic is pleased to serve veterans and other service members living in Kansas through the Veterans Legal Assistance Clinic.

In Topeka:

VA Medical Center

The Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center proudly serves our nation’s veterans with excellent health care as part of the VA Eastern Kansas Health Care System.

Location:  2200 SW Gage Blvd. Topeka, KS 66622.  Phone directory

Some of their special programs include:

  • Biofeedback
  • Outpatient Substance Abuse Program
  • Day Treatment Center
  • Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment
  • Domiciliary
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Unit
  • Homeless Veteran Program
  • Geriatric Evaluation and Management Unit
  • Long-term Psychiatry
  • Geropsychiatric Community Living Center
  • Community Living Center

Click here for a full list of services and contact information.

Military Veteran Project

Military Veteran Project is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury to assist with suicide prevention for PRE & POST 9/11 Veterans.  

National:

VA Education Benefits Toll-Free Number

1-888-GI BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551)

The St. Louis, Missouri, VA Regional Processing Office (RPO) has established an education toll-free phone service for students with VA Education Benefits. This toll-free number features information for veterans and dependents on your own VA education account with Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) and Post 9/11:

  • Active Duty, Chapter 30
  • Selected Reserve, Chapter 1606
  • Reserve Educational Assistance (REAP), Chapter 1607
  • Survivors & Dependents Assistance (DEA), Chapter 35
  • POST 9/11: Veterans and Dependents, Chapter 33

Veterans and dependents with a VA Education Benefits question can call 1-888-GI BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) and obtain information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To reach a VA Education Case Manager, call during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) Monday through Friday.

Customer Service is also available on the web with FAQ's or to send inquiries about VA benefits.

For questions about Vocational Rehabilitation Education Benefits, Chapter 31, call 1-800-827-1000.

The Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Other:

www.seamlesstransition.va.gov/benefits.asp

PTSD Alliance
VA's National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

The IAVA Rucksack Rewards Program

Register as a member with Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and gain access to free tickets to events, free products, and other swag. Seriously, you get free stuff for being a veteran!

"Veteran" Designation on your Kansas Driver’s License

Veterans with an honorable or general discharge or a general discharge under honorable conditions can now get the word "veteran" printed on their state-issued driver’s licenses and photo ID cards.

Read more: http://militarybenefits.info/veterans-id-on-drivers-license-id-card-by-state/

You are eligible for 5 years of Cost-Free Health Care

OEF/OIF combat Veterans can receive cost free medical care for any condition related to their service in the Iraq/Afghanistan theater for five years after the date of their discharge or release. Visit http://www.oefoif.va.gov/ to enroll.


Military Friendly
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Washburn University was recently named to the 2017 Military Friendly Schools list.