About the VA Campus Toolkit
The VA Campus Toolkit was created by the National Center for PTSD, in conjunction with the VA's Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) program. The National Center for PTSD is a VA center of excellence for research and education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD. The VITAL program is a VA office of Mental Health Services (MHS) community engagement initiative designed to assist student Veterans to meet their educational goals through collaborative efforts with higher education institutions, on-campus clinical therapy and care management services.
This toolkit provides faculty, staff, and administrators resources to support student Veterans. The Post 9/11 GI Bill is bringing student Veterans to campuses in record numbers. Our aim is to help campuses welcome these men and women by recognizing who they are, and understanding their unique experiences, adjustments, and needs.
Student Veterans are growing in number on college campuses. In 2009, there were approximately 500,000 Student Veterans receiving education benefits. In 2013, over 1,000,000 student Veterans are using their GI benefits to pursue advanced educational opportunities, and this number is estimated to increase by 20% in the next few years. Review the section below to learn more about the Student Veteran population.
- 73%-80% of Student Veterans are male; 21-27% are female.
- With only 10-14% of military personnel being women, female Student Veterans are over represented in postsecondary education.
- Only 15% of Student Veterans are traditionally aged college students. Most Student Veterans are between the ages of 24 and 40.
- 47% of Student Veterans have children.
- 47.3% of Student Veterans are married.
- 62% of Student Veterans are first-generation students.