Veteran's Services

Serving the veteran who served us first "and to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan."
— Abraham Lincoln

Thank You

Counseling and Testing Services (CTS) at the University of North Texas (UNT) cannot adequately express enough how much we THANK YOU for the service and dedication that you have provided to our country that affords us the everyday freedoms that we enjoy. Your service and sacrifice has enabled us to continue to enjoy our freedom rights as citizens of the USA. We are privileged to have the opportunity to assist you in removing barriers to your academic success. Through our services, CTS can support you in the pursuit of your educational goals.

How CTS Can Help

CTS offers career, individual and couple’s therapy to all currently enrolled UNT students through our Counseling Center. The career, individual and couple's therapy sessions are short-term and are limited in the number of sessions in an effort to provide therapy to all students requesting services.  Due to our session limitations we coordinate with other campus departments and local organizations to provide you with appropriate referrals to better serve your needs.

Additionally, CTS offers group therapy each semester for the diverse student population that can be centered around the many different issues that college students may face. Each semester the group therapy offerings may change. Group therapy provides a safe environment to express and discuss issues and there is no limit to the number of group sessions a student can attend.

Making an appointment with a CTS counselor can be beneficial in removing barriers to your academic success. A counselor can assist you with assessing your concerns and in brainstorming to come up with solutions and options for your success.

Tips to Transition Successfully

  • Connect - Network to locate other veterans on campus. Create relationships with fellow veterans that likely have an intuitive understanding of the overall experience and impact of being in combat and of the additional challenges that veteran students face in college.
  • Establish - Create new relationships. Become involved with organizations on campus and participate in campus activities to stay connected to your campus. Participating in these organizations and events can connect you with fellow college students that have similar interests.
  • Reestablish - In an effort To avoid unanticipated stresses and challenges, veterans and family members must openly communicate about how responsibilities and roles have changed during the deployment period.
  • Emotional Well Being - Civilian life is much different than military life. In civilian life emotions are not an indication of weakness, rather just a part of being human. On the other hand, what is expected on the battlefield is something similar to what a robot might be like. Sharing and expressing emotions is essential to civilian life and aids in sustaining meaningful personal relationships.
  • Physical Well Being - It is important for your overall health to eat well-balanced meals,  maintain appropriate amounts of rest, and partake in at least 30 minutes of physical activity each day.
  • Moderation - It is of great importance to minimize or eliminate the use of drugs and alcohol. Continuous use of these substances increases the likelihood of depression, insomnia, relationship issues, academic difficulties, legal issues, medical problems and a host of other negative issues.
  • Academic Habits - Start with a manageable course load and set reasonable goals. Establish a daily schedule to maximize organization.
  • Balance - Eliminate all negative and pessimistic thoughts and self talk as much as possible through focusing on and creating experiences which are meaningful, comforting, and encouraging.
  • Media Limits - Limit the exposure to war-related news reports (e.g., news channels, newspapers, Web sites, etc.). Media will often ignore stories of heroism, resilience, and sacrifice and instead focus on the most horrific images and troubling accounts. This can trigger negative memories and thoughts.

* Some of the material above was provided by Graham Counseling Center at Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan

Barriers that Veteran Students Commonly Face

In recent years, as many as 870,000 veterans were enrolled in higher education programs. While the financial benefits for veterans in higher education are quite generous, transitioning vets must often navigate through complex bureaucracies and paperwork before receiving the benefits available to them.

A significant number of current ex-military students have seen combat duty in Iraq or Afghanistan. These ex-military students may face a host of issues and special circumstances that civilian students generally do not. Issues may include post-traumatic stress disorder, physical disabilities, family issues and mental-health issues.

* The material above was provided by Campus Explorer

Veteran-Friendly Practices on Campus

In a series of guidelines for college administrators, the Student Veterans of America has identified services and facilities a veteran might look for in a college or university:

  • A veteran’s center focused on veteran’s issues and providing access to information and resources including career counseling, academic advising, housing information, financial aid counseling and other services. UNT currently has a Veterans Center.
  • A student veteran’s organization as a general umbrella organization for networking and support. UNT currently has two veteran only organizations.
  • Specific electronic and print resources aimed at veterans. Veterans Center currently offers a wealth of information.
  • Partnerships with local veterans-focused organizations including Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals, local military bases and other state and local organizations.

* The material above was provided by Campus Explorer

Easing the Transition from Combat to Classroom

UNT Campus Resources

UNT Veterans Center

UNT has a Veterans Center where you will find information and resources to assist you in your educational journey as you adjust to civilian college life. Adjusting to college can bring about a significant amount of stress as you are transitioning from military to civilian life. This transition can lead to numerous challenges, including, but not limited to academic, social, physical, financial, emotional, and relational.

Veterans Center
University Union, Suite 320
1155 Union Circle #305069
Denton, Texas
For more information, please call the UNT Veterans Center

Veteran's Center Newsletter

Campus Organizations for Veterans

Arnold Air Society

AAS is a military affiliated nonprofit student organization that is dedicated to produce quality leaders for the US Air Force through professionalism, honor, and service to the community. The mission is to create a more efficient relationship among Air Force officer candidates in particular within the AFROTC, aid in the development of effective Air Force officers, and to further the purpose, traditions, and concepts of the United States Air Force. The Arnold Air Society hosts the annual Trot for the Troops 5K, with proceeds raised for Fisher House, which provides a “home away from home” for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. For more information about the Air Force ROTC at the University of North Texas, call 940-565-2074 or go to the website

Student Veterans Association

The Student Veteran's Association (SVA) of UNT assists veterans, active duty, reserve, National Guard, Coast Guard and dependents to make an easier transition into the academic community. This group provides camaraderie and support through monthly meetings and social programs throughout the academic year to enhance the student veteran experience. To join, go to, make a profile, search for the Student Veterans Association (when prompted, the password is military); or go to Student Veterans Association at UNT on Facebook. For more information, please call the UNT Veterans Center at 940-369-8021.

Community Resources

Veterans Service
1505 E. McKinney St, Suite 183
 Denton, TX
 (940) 349-2950 (Metro)

Community Based Outreach Clinic (CBOC)

Denton - Group therapy with Warren Ponder, LMSW. For additional information call Warren at 817.921.9095. Denton CBOC serves the following counties: Denton, Cook and Collin.

VA North Texas Health Care System

VANTHCS provides comprehensive health services through primary, tertiary and long-term care in many areas like medicine, surgery, mental health and rehabilitation. The 853-bed system has a Spinal Cord Injury Center, Domiciliary Care Program and Community Living Center with a dedicated hospice unit. In 2009, a Fisher House was established on the Dallas campus to provide no-cost temporary lodging in a home-like setting for families of Veterans or active duty military personnel undergoing treatment at the facility.

Dallas VA Medical Center
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
800-849-3597 | 214-742-8387

Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
800-924-8387 | 903-583-2111

Fort Worth Outpatient Clinic
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
800-443-9672 | 817-335-2202

American Legion Post 71
2501 Spencer Road
Denton, Texas 76201
Meetings: 3rd Tuesday, Time: 6:00 PM

American Legion Post 88
105 Gotcher Avenue
Lake Dallas, Texas 75056
(940) 321-5400
Meetings: 2nd Wednesday, Time: 7:30 PM

American Legion Post 97
PO Box 271320
Flower Mound, Texas 75027
Meetings: 2nd Thursday, Time: 7:00 PM

American Legion Post 182
PO Box 1388 Little Elm, TX 75068
Little Elm, TX 75068
Meetings: 2nd Monday

American Legion Post 550
905 N. Foundation
Pilot Point, Texas 76258
Meetings: 1st Monday, Time: 7:00 PM

American Legion Post 597
1024 S. Elm Street
Carrollton, Texas 75006
(972) 242-5650
Meetings: 1st Saturday, Time: 7:00 PM

American Legion Post 840
514 Maddox Street
Denton, Texas 76205
(940) 382-3810
Meetings: 1st Saturday, Time: 7:00 PM
Place: 105 Gotcher Ave., Lake Dallas

1038 Elm Street, Suite 102
Carrollton, Texas 75006

P.O. BOX 241
Denton, Texas 76202
(940) 321-5852
Meetings: 4th Tuesday, Time: 6:00 PM, at the National Guard Armory, Denton.

909 Sunset
Denton, Texas 76201
(940) 387-2205
Meetings: 1st & 3rd Wednesday, Time: 8:00 PM

705 N. Oak
Roanoke, Texas 76262
(817) 491-9081
Meetings: 2nd Tuesday, Time: 8:00 PM

P.O. Box 2848
Frisco, TX 75034
Meetings: 1st Monday of every month Time: 7:00 PM
Location: The Abbey Grill, 7185 Main St. Frisco

1038 Elm Street, Suite 102
Carrollton, Texas 75006
(972) 466-2070
Meetings: 1st Tuesday, Time: 7:00 PM

927 E. Highway 121
Lewisville, Texas 75067
P.O. Box 275
Frisco, TX 95067
(972) 436-5256
Meetings: 3rd Tuesday, Time: 8:00 PM

501 Thompson Drive
Lake Dallas, Texas 75065
(940) 321-9333
Meetings: 3rd Tuesday, Time: 7:00 PM

909 Sunset
Denton, Texas 76201
Commander: John Whitley

1221 Quaker Lane
Lewisville, Texas 75077

Marine Corps League LCpl Jacob R. Lugo Detachment #1300
P.O. Box 452
Aubrey, Texas 76227
Meetings every 2nd Thursday at Golden Corral in Denton, 7PM