Did you know community colleges are serving 16,000 (76%) of the 21,000 veterans and dependents using GI Bill benefits in California’s public colleges and universities? Ohlone College is proud to support more than 173 registered veteran students. Below are some resources that may help students transition from service or combat to student life.
Handbook for Recovery After a Suicide Attempt
Click here to order a free copy of A Journey Toward Health & Hope: Your Handbook for Recovery After a Suicide Attempt which can now be ordered and downloaded from the SAMHSA Store. This new booklet is designed to: help people who have attempted suicide take their first steps toward healing and recovery. Tools and stories in the booklet come from first-hand experiences of individuals who have survived a suicide attempt and their supporters. It is the hope of the writers that their personal knowledge about the challenges of suicide attempts and the steps to successfully recover will help readers learn they are not alone, how to develop hope, and most importantly, how to stay safe in challenging times.
This is Ohlone College Veterans Affairs Office’s website where you can learn about the wide range of benefits for students who have served in the Armed Forces. You can learn about educational benefits programs, including priority registration and assistance with special needs.
Hours, Telephone, and Location
Veterans Crisis Line: 1800.273.8255
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
This website is dedicated to services to welcome home war veterans with honor by providing readjustment counseling, including bereavement counseling and military sexual trauma counseling. It also includes a Vet Center National Directory.
Connect with other warriors, families and health professionals. The Real Warriors Campaign is a multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds. Launched by the Defense Centers of Excellent for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in 2009, the campaign in an integral part of the Defense Department’s overall effort to encourage warriors and families to seek appropriate care and support for psychological health concerns.
Understanding and Supporting the Emotional Health of Student Veterans
Since the 2012 changes to the GI Bill, more student veterans than ever are pursuing higher education. This growing population brings valuable skills and assets to our campus communities but, sometimes, they face unique challenges as they transition from service or combat into college life. The Jed Foundation and the Bob Woodruff Foundation have partnered to create a free training tool that helps campus health professionals best understand the student veteran perspective, engage with them on campus, and provide the resources and support they need to succeed. Thanks to funding from the Bob Woodruff Foundation, the training and CM/CME credits are offered at no charge. We hope you’ll share this valuable training experience with all your colleagues.
Please visit www.jedfoundation.org/professionals/programs-and-research/helping-our-student-veterans-succeed to begin this 60-minute training session.
In Memory of Army Sgt. Cheyenne Willey
This Veteran Students page of the STEP Up Ohlone website is dedicated to Army Sgt. Cheyenne Willey, who died on December 23, 2005, at the age of 36, when a roadside bomb detonated near his Humvee in Baghdad, Iraq. Cheyenne was an Ohlone student, a patient and volunteer at the Student Health Center, and most of all—a dear friend to the health center staff, especially Sally, Sang, and Janet.