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Student Veterans

Whether this is your first experience in college or you are returning after some time, the transition from combat to the classroom can be overwhelming. While many of your skills will be well utilized in your pursuit of academic success, you may also have trouble with things you didn't expect. Some common challenges student veterans face can include:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Anxiety in a classroom setting
  • Interacting with civilian students
  • Managing families, jobs, and other responsibilities

It is also important to be aware of signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder. If you experience any of the following, please call the Counseling Center and make an appointment to further discuss your symptoms:

  • Depressed mood most of the day for several days
  • Withdraw from friends and family
  • Panic attacks
  • Difficulty managing anger
  • Nightmares, flashbacks
  • Avoidance of things that remind you of a particular event
  • Family or friends express concern
  • Thoughts of suicide
    • For immediate assistance if you are suicidal, please dial 911 or contact the Veterans Crisis Line at 1.800.273.8255. To reach the Drexel University on-call counselor after regular business hours, please call 215.416.3337.

How to Get Help

The Counseling Center at Drexel University offers free individual and group therapy to all full time undergraduate and graduate students. We are in the process of forming a new group tailored to the needs of student veterans. If you would like to learn more about this group or have other ideas please contact Dr. Christine McGinnis at

We are fortunate to be in close proximity to The Philadelphia VA and Medical Center. They offer a variety of medical and mental health services. For more information on these programs, go to

Helpful Links and Numbers

  • Warrior Writers is a Philadelphia based, national non-profit whose mission is to "create a culture that articulates veterans' experiences, provide a creative community for artistic expression, and bear witness to the lived experiences of warriors."
  • 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.
  • Veterans Crisis Line
    1.800.273.8255 (Press 1)

The content provided here is intended for informational purposes only. It is not intended for self-diagnosis or self-treatment, nor should it replace the consultation of a trained medical or mental health professional. Please note that outside links are not under our control, and we cannot guarantee the content contained on them.