CAPS Welcomes Student Veterans, Active Duty, Reserve, NROTC, and National Guard Members

The CAPS Military & Veteran Outreach seeks to help military and veteran students and to improve access to resources for counseling and mental health concerns. CAPS is committed to helping veterans and active duty/reserve military service members transition into their academic and civilian roles. With mental health stigma as a major challenge, many people avoid seeking help. However, CAPS has created this website to improve information-sharing about where to locate the best possible resources on campus, online, and in the community-at-large to encourage students to reach out for services.

We anticipate that in the coming years, large numbers of veterans will be returning from combat and military service in Iraq and Afghanistan to attend college and graduate school. Many veterans will have exposure to very stressful conditions including trauma and many will present with symptoms of depression, anxiety, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Others, might struggle with basic adjustment to college life and the stresses of social, family, or interpersonal problems that can negatively affect academic performance.

If you or someone you know is a Penn student who is a veteran, on active duty/reserve, or has other US military affiliations and is experiencing difficulty adjusting to college or has mental health concerns, please refer them to CAPS.

We are here to help. CAPS offers counseling and referral services to connect students to resources that can facilitate adjustment to campus and civilian life. All services are free to Penn matriculated students and confidential.

For those veterans who are experiencing more acute PTSD or have experienced military sexual trauma and have more intensive treatment needs, we will be happy to help connect them with the treatment services through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Consider seeking counseling if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low tolerance to stress
  • Anger, irritability, and rage
  • Feeling grief or sadness
  • Concentration problems
  • Trouble sleeping and having nightmares
  • Feeling suicidal or having recurrent thoughts of death
  • Abuse of alcohol or drugs
  • Having thoughts and memories that will not go away
  • High alertness and difficulty relaxing
  • Diminished interest in taking part in activities you previously enjoyed
  • Problems feeling good about oneself and feeling out of place
  • Isolation and alienation from others