As a member of the military community, you have needs that go beyond continuing your education. That's why we believe it is important that you are aware of all benefits available to you. Below are links to a variety of resources available to the military community, so you can take full advantage of your benefits.
Office of Student Access and Wellness
The Office of Student Access and Wellness provides services for all Ashford students, including guidance, support, and advocacy for those seeking assistance through academic accommodations based on documented disabilities.
In addition to providing disability support and advocacy to students, the Office of Student Access and Wellness provides military-focused support to disabled active-duty, veteran, and transitioning service members and their families. With an understanding surrounding the unique needs military students face, the Office of Student Access and Wellness provides disability support for diagnoses to include Post-Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, Depression, Anxiety, Chronic illness and a variety of other medical conditions. The online environment poses distinct challenges for students managing disability-related impact. Counselors work with students on an individual basis to ensure adequate resources and support are provided both in the classroom as well as the community.
Family Advocacy Programs (FAPs) provide education and awareness programs for all members of the military on the subjects of domestic violence and child abuse. FAPs also provide support through victim advocates who work with victims confidentially to help them get the care they need while deciding what to do next. To find the closest FAP near you, please visit DoD Military Installations Service Locator. You can also visit the Family Advocacy Program for a complete list of prevention programs and victim advocate services.
If you're active military or transitioning out of duty and looking to begin your career in the civilian workforce, you can count on Ashford University's Career Services team to assist you with your career-planning needs. Visit Ashford's Career Services for more information about services available to you and about upcoming events designed to help you reach your career goals. Questions? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ashford University’s Career Services team is available to support active degree-seeking students and alumni through a seven step career planning process. The My Career: Career and Professional Development Center, accessible through the Student Portal, offers many self-directed resources providing support with resume building, interviewing, job searching, career planning, networking events, and more. My Career even provides resources specific to military students! In addition to making use of My Career, Career Services Specialists are available to provide one-on-one support via email or phone. Our goal is to give our students and alumni the tools and resources to manage their career for a lifetime.
One Stop Support Services
Military OneSource provides all members of the military community free services offered by the Department of Defense. Military OneSource can offer assistance, information, and counseling on a local and national level for everything from relocation, to parenting, and employment.
National Resource Directory connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers with a variety of resources that provide support.
Student Veterans Organization (SVO) serves as a source of knowledge, support, representation, and camaraderie to any and all students of prior and current military service seeking education at Ashford University. The staff advisor is Ashley Wayman, a full-time Student Veteran Access and Wellness Counselor.
Accessing Military Benefits
Start your military service records request for proof that you or your kin served in the military.
Veterans On-Line Application (VONAPP) allows service members, veterans and their beneficiaries, and other designated individuals to apply for military benefits online through an official US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website.
The GI Bill® website is the home for all education benefits provided by the US Department of Veterans Affairs. This website includes access to resources and learning more about the GI Bill, Post 9/11 GI Bill, and other programs.
Defense Activities for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) provides up-to-date news about tuition assistance programs, information workshops, and testing. DANTES offers many programs and services that support all of the DoD components, as well as the Coast Guard, including credentialing programs that document levels of competency and achievement in a particular area.
MyCAA is an employment assistance program that provides financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification, or AA degree in a portable career field or occupation.
Sign up for MySECO (Spouse Education and Career Opportunities), which focuses on education and career preparation for military spouses.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.
Military Health System provides relevant information about health and wellness for service members and their families including online tools to manage services through Tricare and the VA medical services.
MyHealthEVet is the Department of Veterans Affairs' award-winning e-health website that offers veterans, active duty service members, dependents and caregivers access to VA health care information and services.
Mental Health and Wellness
Interaction with these websites is anonymous and will not be reported to any command or government VA office.
AfterDeployment.org and VA Mental Health Services provides a variety of wellness resources covering a range of topics, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anger management, depression, smoking, alcohol, drug abuse, and many more.
Veterans Crisis Line connects veterans, their friends, and families with qualified responders through a confidential toll-free hotline and online chat.