Resources for Veteran Students

We offer a list of area and national resources for veteran students in order to assist with the transition from military to academic life. If there are others that you have found particularly helpful, please send them to transition@unca.edu.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to to contact us:

Stephanie Franklin
Director of Transition and Parent Programs
sfrankli@unca.edu

Amanda DeWeese
Student Services Specialist/VA Representative
adeweese@unca.edu

Veteran Center for Excellence

The Veteran Center for Excellence, opened in spring 2017, serves as a place for UNC Asheville veteran students to meet, relax, and study as well as to gather resources and foster support amongst each other and the campus community. It is the home of the Student Veterans Alliance and serves as their official meeting place throughout the year; Green Zone trainings, which help participants build a better understanding of the challenges that veteran students face, will also take place in the center.  

Full of comfortable furniture, a large conference table, television, and small kitchnette, there is a sense of community, calm, and support designed specifically for the veteran student community.

The center was funded by a $10,000 Vet Center Initiative grant from the Student Veterans of America (SVA) and the Home Depot Foundation, a collaborative effort from students and staff.

Asheville's VAMC Contacts for UNC Asheville Veteran Students

The Enrollment & Eligibility Desk at the Charles George VAMC is: 828.298.7911 x2509.

If you would like to do this in-person, you are welcome to visit the hospital; just be sure to have your DD214 with you when you go. The E&E Desk is on the right side of the lobby. If you meet the enrollment eligibility requirements, you can schedule an appointment at that desk.

If you have served since 9/11/2001, feel free to connect with either of the following VA personnel:

• Pat McKinsey, Program Manager: 828.298.7911 ext. 5554, or
• Robert Colling, Peer Support Specialist: 828.298.7911 ext 5939

On-Campus Job Opportunity with Dining Services

We're happy to announce that our Dining Facilities vendor (Chartwells/Compass Group) is looking to hire some veteran students for our on-campus dining facilities!

Check out the Compass Group website for more info. If you're interested in applying for a full- or part-time position, let Kim Lorton know via email (kimberly.lorton@compass-usa.com).