Center for Campus Life

About the Veteran Student Life

Veteran Student Life Staff

Brian Bertges  Joe Alemany Henry Carbajales

Coordinator  Graduate Assistant Graduate Assistant

bbertges@umd.edu  alemany@umd.edu hcarbaja@umd.edu

Contact Information

Brian Bertges, Coordinator, Veteran Student Life

Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life Room, 0110H
University of Maryland - College Park
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 314-0073
Fax: (301) 314-9634

Joseph Alemany and Henry Carbajales Graduate Coordinators, Veteran Student Life

Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life

1122 Cole Field House (behind section C)
University of Maryland - College Park
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: (301) 405-9605
Fax: (301) 314-9634

The University of Maryland Veterans Center — In Honor of All Who Serve

1122 Cole Field House

Email: vetstudentlife@umd.edu (Please use this email contact for access to Veteran Student Life Lounge)

Phone: 301-405-9605



ABOUT VETERAN STUDENT LIFE

The University of Maryland recognizes the extraordinary contributions of members of our armed services and we understand the unique challenges of transitioning into a university environment. We are committed to providing an environment that helps veterans pursue their academic and personal goals, explore different learning experiences, and get involved in campus life. Through Veteran Student Life, we offer a hub for resources that can serve veterans who are students, staff, or faculty on campus.

 Mission of Veteran Student Life:

To build and maintain a community of University of Maryland students, staff, faculty, and alumni, all who have served in the US military, that supports a seamless transition from military life to civilian college life and provides support for continued growth in mind, body, and spirit, carrying the pride and confidence established in the military into the college experience as well as future careers for veteran alumni.

Programs:

    1. Veterans Health and Human Services Program
        • Individual counseling
        • Group counseling
        • Financial management guidance
        • Veterans Affairs (VA) advisement
    2. Transition Assistance Program
        • Military to Civilian
        • Civilian to military
        • College to career
    3. Terp Vets Program – Student run organization with VSL oversight
        • Outreach – recruitment, community service
        • Social events / Family events
        • Mentorship program

Brief overview of what is offered through Veteran Student Life:
Thanks to a generous donation from Board of Trustee member and former Secretary of the Navy Gordon England, a Veterans Center is available exclusively for UMD student veterans. This center includes:

  • Television
  • Computers and Printers
  • Free Coffee
  • Study Lounge
  • Veteran Centered campus events and programs
  • Veterans Week Events and Service at Memorial Chapel
  • Support for TerpVets Student Organization
  • Advocacy for Veteran Issues on Campus
  • Exclusive Veteran Resources and Opportunities
  • Veterans' Orientation
  • Veteran specific career events
  • Counseling Services
  • Veteran-specific scholarships
  • Pat Tillman Partnered Institution
  • Credit Bearing University Transition Courses
  • Active recruitment of Veterans to Maryland

Maryland is one of 15 Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success in the nation and received a generous grant through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) to further address the academic, financial, physical and social needs of student Veterans on campus through the U.S. Department of Education.