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Campus and Community Resources for Veterans

Campus Resources

Student Health Services

209-228-2273 Call early in the day for best availability

Location: 2nd floor of the H. Rajender Reedy Health Center

Hours: 0800-1630

Provides quality primary health care, in combination with helath education and wellness promotion through caring, accessible and affordable services.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

209-228-4266 (this number also serves as a crisis line during non-working hours)

Location: 1st floor of the H. Rajender Reedy Health Center

Hours: 0800-1630

All currently registered students are eligible for care which can include individual therapy, group therapy, medication evaluations, and referrals to community resources if appropiate.

Veteran Services


Location: Kolligian Library Building, Students First Center

Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM

The office aids in obtaining educational benefits that veterans and dependents are entitled to. Services include processing enrollment certifications to the VA office and providing priority registration for our veterans.

Transfer Returning and Veteran Program (TRV) 


Location: Kolligian Library Building, Room 346

Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM and/or by appointment

The office acts a point-of-contact for general questions and connects elligible students veterans, reservists and dependents with a community of other individuals who can help with the transition to campus through graduation. Services include a resource center, mentorship programs, student organizations and information about additional federal and state benefits.

Admissions and Records


Location: Kolligian Library Room 122

Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM

The Office of the University Registrar supports the mission of the University of California, Merced, by serving as the primary office of academic records. To that end, we oversee various processess and programs indlucing: initial student registration through verification of degree conferral, veteran services and classroom scheduling.

Student Accessibility Services


Location: Kolligian Library Room 222

Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM

The mission of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is to promote equal educational access and full participation by and for students with disabilities in the rich academic and campus life envrionment at UC Merced.

Student Advising and Learning (Calvin E. Bright Success Center)


Location: Kolligian Library Room 222

Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM

The Bright Success Center offers a range of tools and resources the support undergraduate student success. In addition to providing academic coaching, transition support, and learning support resources, the BSC offers a variety of online tools and in-person workshops aimed to help students step up to the challenges and demands of university life and beyond. Our wide range of rograms, from Fiat Lux to Transfer, Returning and Veterans Programs to Guardian Scholars and many more, help support and encourage our students to take an active role in their scholarly endeavors through individualized attention from a staff passionate about the success of Bobcats at UC Merced and beyond.


Community Resources

Veterans Affairs Medical Center


Location: 2615 E. Clinton Avenue Fresno, CA 93703

Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-4:30PM

You may specifically ask for the Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) contact. This person will be well-versed in benefits and services for the returning Veterans. Also, it may be helpful to get information about the local PTSD or Mental Health contact. Will assist with filling for Disability Rating and obtaining Compensation and Pension Evaluations if needed.

Local VA Medical and Mental Health Clinic


Location: 340 East Yosemite Avenue, Suite D, Merced, CA 95340

Hours: Monday-Friday 8AM-4:30PM

Provides primary care, mental health care, lab and pharmacy services to eligible veterans. Eligibility for services is approved through the Fresno VA prior to enrollment in services unless designated a Disabled Veteran through the VA (i.e. has disability rating and VA ID Card).

Local Vet Center



Location: 1219 N. Carpenter Rd, Suite 12, Modesto, CA 95351

Hours: Monday-Thursday 8AM-7PM; Friday 8AM-4:30PM



Location: 1320 E. Shaw Ave, Suite 125, Fresno, CA 93710

Hours: Monday-Thrusday 8AM-9PM; Friday 8AM-6PM; Satuday 8AM-4:30PM

Provides confidential readjustment counseling and outreach services to all Veterans who served in any zone or experienced military sexual trauma. Services are also available for family members for military-related issues. Vet Centers also provides bereavement counseling services to surviving parents, spouses, children, and siblings of Service Members who die of any cause on active duty, including federally activated Reserve and National Guard personnel.

TRICARE - Current Contractor is Health Net Federal Services


Health Net Federal Services, LLC


PO Box 202112

Florence, SC 29502

Fax: 1-844-869-2504

Hours: 24 Hours

Tricare provides medical and mental health care to Active duty, certain members of the Military Reserve, Military Retirees, and enrolled family members to include adult children up to age 26. Certain transitional military members may be eligible for care upon seperation.

Military One Source


Location: Online or via phone only

Hours: 24 Hours

One Source provides support for a variety of issues related to military service including relationship counseling, non-medical counseling for stress, financial counseling, education and career benefits, child care options, and many other services. This service is available to active duty, National Guard and Reserves, Discharged service members, Retirees, Medically Discharged service members, and immediate family members of these service members.

County Veterans Services Office


Location: 3376 North Highway 59, Suite D, Merced, CA 95348

The Merced County Veteran's Services Office (VSO) assists veterans, their dependents and survivors, and the general public in obtaining benefits from federal, state, and local agencies administering programs for veterans. Including but not limited to service-connected compensation, Aid and Attendance, survivor's benefits, copies of military records, educational benefits, employment, vocational rehabilitation, Public assistance, in home support services, alcohol and drug dependency treatment, home loans, as well as other state and federal benefits.

*** Merced County will also issue a Veteran ID Car (does not provide benefits at VA). Bring copies of all DD-214s and Government issued ID to above address on Thursday or Friday from 9AM to 4PM



Hours: 24 Hours

A free confidential program that offers specialized coaching and assistance for active duty, reservist, national guard members, veterans, and retirees who need access to mental health care when relocating to a new location, transitioning from active to reserve, leaving the service, or any other time they need a new mental health provider or a provider for the first time.

Suicide Hotlines

UC Merced After Hours Crisis line: 209-228-4266. Free services to all students can be accessed when CAPS is closed.

Veteran Crisis hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Press 1

Veteran Chat online: (

Send a text message to 838255 to recieve confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255

National Crisis Text Line text START to 741741

Scholarship Opportunities

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Visit Scholarships & Financial Aid for Student Veterans for a detailed list of scholarships.