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Your SF VA Student Veteran Health Program Team

A collaboration between the San Francisco VA Health Care System and City College of San Francisco (CCSF), the Student Veteran Health Program (SVHP) began in August 2010 and has led the nation in providing an array of comprehensive services to student veterans on campus. 

The SVHP is one of ~26 funded VA programs under the Veterans Integrative to Academic Leadership (VITAL) initiative, part of the VA’s national effort to outreach and provide services to support student veterans.

Available Monday - Friday:

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Anyone hoping to connect with SFVA’s CCSF Student Veteran Health Program staff for assistance in enrolling in VA health care or other supportive services can contact:

Bridget Leach, LCSW
Dennis Moore, LCSW


Bridget & Dennis are both social workers with the SFVA Health Care System’s Student Veterans Health Program, located in person at CCSF or available remotely via work cell to speak over the phone or via VA video connect for assistance connecting with VA, CCSF, and or community resources. 

For student veterans who are not yet enrolled in VA health care, now would be an excellent time to do so. Even if you are enrolled in your local VA, we recommend also enrolling in the San Francisco VA Healthcare We are happy to answer any questions, provide support and help veterans navigate VA health care enrollment & other services and resources now moving remote across schools, health care systems & other community resources.

If you have symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath or have had direct exposure to others diagnosed with COVID-19 seek medical advice and or care right away. Contact the SFVA’s Triage Nurses 24/7 at 415-221-4810 option 3 and ask to speak with an Advice Nurse.

The SFVA Emergency Department (4150 Clement Street @ 42nd Ave, SF 94121) is open 24/7 for urgent & emergency medical/mental health issues. Veterans may also enroll in VA health care on-site at the SFVA Medical Center at Member Services in the new Welcome Center (also at 4150 Clement St, SF). 

The new Veterans Welcome Center is on the ground floor of Building 3 and includes Members Service, Release of Information, Patient Travel, Virtual Health Resource Center, VIST, MyHealtheVet, Billing, and a Veteran Service Officer (VSO), a true one-stop shop.

Additionally, the Veterans Crisis Line is available 24/7 at 988, Press 1 for Veterans. 







Call 415-200-6933 and/or 415-845-0996 for our SVHP availability to assist you!!


In-Person: CCSF Ocean Campus, Cloud Hall Room 333 

(50 Frida Kahlo Way, San Francisco CA 94112)

  • You can take a photo for your VA ID Card and Enroll in VA Health Care at the CCSF Veterans Resource Center!
  • Bring One Form of Government ID (Driver's License, Passport, Military ID card, etc.) to obtain your VA ID Card
    • NOTE: the card will be mailed to your address on record w/the SF VA within about two weeks
  • This is open to all CCSF Veterans, let's get connected with our VA and learn about other benefits and resources!

Resources Available Right Now

  • Veterans Crisis Line
    If you are having thoughts of suicide, call 988, then PRESS 1 or visit
    • For emergency mental health care, you can also go directly to your local VA medical center 24/7 regardless of your discharge status or enrollment in other VA health care.
  • Vet Centers 
    Discuss how you feel with other Veterans in these community-based counseling centers. 70% of Vet Center staff are Veterans. Call 1-877-927-8387 or find one near you.
  • VA Mental Health Services Guide - This guide will help you sign up and access mental health services.
  • information, resources, and Veteran to Veteran videos for challenging life events and experiences with mental health issues.
  • Download VA's self-help apps - Tools to help deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety. You can also track your symptoms over time.

Common Reactions for Veterans Transitioning from the Military to Life as a Student Veteran in Higher Education 


  • Feel frustrated, sad, helpless, grief or distressed
  • Feel angry or betrayed
  • Experience an increase in mental health symptoms like symptoms of PTSD or depression
  • Sleep poorly, drink more or use more drugs 
  • Try to avoid all reminders or media or shy away from social situations
  • Have more military and homecoming memories

Veterans may question the meaning of their service or whether it was worth the sacrifices they made. They may feel more moral distress about experiences they had during their service.

Veterans may feel like they need to expect and/or prepare for the worst. For example, they may:

  • Become overly protective, vigilant, and guarded
  • Become preoccupied by danger
  • Feel a need to avoid being shocked by, or unprepared for, what may happen in the future

Feeling distress is a normal reaction to negative events, especially ones that feel personal. It can be helpful to let yourself feel those feelings rather than try to avoid them. Often, these feelings will naturally run their course. If they continue without easing up or if you feel overwhelmed by them, the suggestions below can be helpful.

Strategies for Managing Ongoing Distress

Remember that now is just one moment in time and that things will continue to change.

It can be helpful to focus on the present and to engage in the activities that are most meaningful and valuable to you. Is there something you can do today that is important to you?  This can be as an individual, a family member, a parent, or a community member. Something that is meaningful to you in regard to your work or your spirituality? Such activities won’t change the past or the things you can’t control, but they can help life feel meaningful and reduce distress, despite the things you cannot change.

It can also help to consider your thinking. Ask yourself if your thoughts are helpful to you right now. Are there ways you can change your thinking to be more accurate and less distressing? For example, are you using extreme thinking where you see the situation as all bad or all good?  If so, try and think in less extreme terms.

Finally, consider more general coping strategies that you may want to try including:

  • Engage in Positive Activities. Try to engage in positive, healthy, or meaningful activities, even if they are small, simple actions. Doing things that are rewarding, meaningful, or enjoyable, even if you don’t feel like it, can make you feel better.
  • Stay Connected. Spend time with people who give you a sense of security, calm, or happiness, or those who best understand what you are going through.
  • Practice Good Self Care. Look for positive coping strategies that help you manage your emotions. Listening to music, exercising, practicing breathing routines, spending time in nature or with animals, journaling, or reading inspirational text are some simple ways to help manage overwhelming or distressing emotions.
  • Stick to Your Routines. It can be helpful to stick to a schedule for when you sleep, eat, work, and do other day-to-day activities.
  • Limit Media Exposure. Limit how much news you take in if media coverage is increasing your distress.
  • Use a mobile app. Consider one of VA’s self-help apps (see such as PTSD Coach which has tools that can help you deal with common reactions like, stress, sadness, and anxiety. You can also track your symptoms over time.
  • PTSD Coach Online. A series of online video coaches will guide you through 17 tools to help you manage stress. PTSD Coach Online is used on a computer, rather than a mobile device, and therefore can offer tools that involve writing.

If you develop your own ways of adapting to ongoing events and situations, you may gain a stronger sense of being able to deal with challenges, a greater sense of meaning or purpose, and an ability to mentor and support others in similar situations.

Find a VA Facility near you. FACILITY LOCATOR

Not sure where to start? VA WELCOME KIT

Need to Contact VA?

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, visit the Crises Line Chat page, or Text 838255
Homeless Veteran Resources1-877-424-3838 or Chat with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
White House VA Hotline1-855-948-2311

Don't know what number to call?

1-800-MyVA411 (800-698-2411) is never the wrong number

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AS A REMINDER – Veterans do NOT need to have a service-connected disability or be retired from the military to qualify for VA health care services.

Please join us and bring your questions! 

What We Do

The SF VA Student Veteran Health Program at CCSF helps CCSF veterans with the following:

  1. Assist you with your enrollment in SFVA health care.
  2. Assist you in scheduling medical and mental health appointments.
  3. Aim to ease the experience of asking for and receiving help from the VA.
  4. Coordinate and provide a series of lectures on relevant topics for student Veterans
  5. Aim to support your well-being in an academic environment.
  6. Provides some on-campus mental health services.

Services are available for:

  • Time management
  • Attention and/or memory difficulties
  • Sleep issues
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Adjustment
  • Stress Management
  • Posttraumatic stress
  • Depression
  • Substance use
  • Anxiety.
  • TBI (traumatic brain injuries)
  • Medication Management
  • Social Work Services / Referrals to VA, Community, and/or Campus Resources
  • Consultation with and Training of Faculty and Staff (release of information by veteran student is required for any release of specific veteran information)  
Additional Resources

Veterans Crisis Line (24/7)

  • 800-273-TALK (8255), Press 1 for Veterans, toll-free, anonymous if you choose

VA’s National Call Center for Homeless Veterans (24/7)

  • 877-4AID VET (877-424-3838)
  • Provides free access to a trained counselor for local resources and assistance

Women Veterans Hotline (24/7)

  • 855-VA WOMEN (855-829-6636), toll-free, immediate assistance

County Veterans Service Office

  • Assistance with VA service-connected disability claims, benefits, vocational rehab, survivor/dependent benefits (i.e. Cal Vet fee waiver for dependents of 0%SC veterans)

San Francisco County Veterans Service Office (CVSO) Downtown

  • 2 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
  • 415-934-4200

San Francisco VA Medical Center

  • 4150 Clement Street (@ 42nd Avenue), SF 94112
  • 415-221-4810, Press 0 for the Operator
  • Website:
  • Emergency Room (available 24/7), Primary Care and Specialty Services by App

Vet Centers for Readjustment Counseling

  • VA health care enrollment is not required to receive Vet Center services
  • VA Community-based clinics providing individual, group, family readjustment counseling for combat veterans and veterans who have experienced military sexual trauma

Telephone Linked Care:

  • VA Advice Nurse for health concerns over the phone (24/7)
    • 415-752-1212 or 1-800-733-0502 (when outside of Bay Area)

San Francisco VA Health Care System:

  • 415) 221-4810, Press 0 for Operator

SFVA Emergency Services:

  • SFVA Medical Center Emergency Department – no appt. needed
    • 415-221-4810, Ext. 22052
  • SFVA Medical Center Mental Health Emergency Services – no appt. needed
    • 415-750-6674 (located inside the Emergency Department (ED))

Local SFVA Medical Primary Care Offices:

  • Medical Practice (Primary Care): 415-750-2129
    • Call to schedule an initial or follow up appointment
  • San Bruno VA Outpatient Clinic: 650-615-6001
    • Call to schedule an initial or follow up appointment
  • Downtown San Francisco VA Outpatient Clinic: 415-281-5100
    • Initial appointments are drop-in starting at 8 a.m. (1st come, 1st serve)

Local SF VA Mental Health Services:

  • SFVA Mental Health Same Day Clinic – Drop-in only, M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., (not open on holidays)
    • 4150 Clement Street, Ground Floor, Bldg. 203, Access Center, GA-28
  • SFVA Behavioral Health Access Center – Appointments only
    • 4150 Clement Street, Ground Floor, Bldg. 203, Access Center, GA-28
    • 415-221-4810, Ext 24824