Veterans Services

Services

To learn more about the various services available to veterans, please review the following:

  • Educational Benefits
  • Admissions
  • ROTC
  • Veterans Resource Center (VRC)
  • Student Success Center
  • Student Organizations
  • Other Campus Resources
  • VA Resources
  • Other Resources

EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS
The USM VA certifying official, referred to as the Coordinator of Veteran Services or the School Certifying Official (SCO), can help you with your questions about applying for VA benefits or with the certification process. The SCO is located on the Portland Campus in Payson Smith Hall. 

ADMISSIONS
To be eligible to use your VA benefits, the courses that you take must apply to an academic program, so one of the first steps you take should be to apply to USM:

ROTC

Learn about USM's Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC.

VETERANS RESOURCE CENTER (VRC)
The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) is a great place to connect with others accessing GI Bill benefits here at USM. The center is located on the Portland Campus, Woodbury Campus Center, and is staffed by students with prior military experience. The VRC is a warm, inviting space where you can learn more about resources for veterans both on and off campus, and also meet people who can relate to your experiences.

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STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER
Student Success is a priority at the University of Southern Maine. There are many resources that can assist you as you begin and continue your college experience through graduation and beyond. USM has three Student Success Centers (Gorham, Portland, and Lewiston) focused on ensuring your success as a student. The Student Success Centers are your connection to the USM community!

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STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Veteran Student Organization (VSO)
The Veterans Student Organization (VSO) seeks to build community, bring veterans together, and to help each other overcome the challenges associated with transitioning from military life to civilian/student life. Members of the VSO plan social events, attend conferences, and raise awareness of veterans on campus.

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Student Veterans of America Club at USM-LAC (USM-LAC SVA)

Housed in the Student Government Office (LAC), the Student Veterans of America (SVA) seeks to create a safe place for veterans to come together, to build community, and to help each other overcome the challenges associated with transitioning from military life to civilian/student life. Members of the SVA plan social events, attend conferences, and raise awareness of veterans on campus.

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The Veterans Activity Group

The Veterans Activity Group prides itself on hosting outdoor activities, excursions, and unique, fun events!

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OTHER CAMPUS RESOURCES

University Health and Counseling Services
105 Payson Smith Hall, Portland
110 Upton Hall, Gorham
207.780.4050

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Substance Abuse

100 Upton Hall, Gorham

Contact Lee Anne Dodge at 207.780.5158

Office of Student Life
135 Woodbury Campus Center, Portland
207.228.8200

119 Brooks Student Center, Gorham
207.228.8011

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Office for Prior Learning Assessment (Review of Military Transcripts)
100 Payson Smith Hall, Portland
207.780.4663

To learn how to order your official military transcripts, please click here.

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Disability Services Center (DSC)
242 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland
207.780.4706

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VA RESOURCES

VA National Call Center/Educational Benefits
1.888.442.4551, prompt 1, then prompt 0

Togus VA Medical Center/Vocational Rehabilitation
1.877.421.8263

Bureau of Maine Veterans' Services
207.783.5306

Portland Vet Center
207.780.3584

OTHER RESOURCES

Camp Kieve Veteran's Camp (Damariscotta, ME)
A free place for veterans and their families to connect after returning home from their deployment. There are four-week long sessions, and two weekend sessions.  To learn more, click here. To access an application, please click here.