Veterans Health

Health, Disability and Counseling Services

Fairbanks VA Health Care

Did you know? If you are a recently discharged veteran with service in a theater of combat operations since November 11, 1998, VA can provide you with free medical care for five years from your discharge from active duty for conditions possibly related to your combat service, regardless of your income status.

Additionally, new conditions may be treated with a mandatory co-pay since all veterans meeting this criteria are automatically enrolled in Priority Group 6, regardless of income status.  For more information, see Combat Veteran Eligibility.

The Fairbanks VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) is located within Bassett Army Community Hospital on Ft. Wainwright (see map).  The CBOC offers a health care program to veterans which includes health promotion, primary care, mental health care, women's health care, orthopedics, audiology, and case management.   Laboratory and X-Ray are provided via services within Bassett Army Community Hospital. Call 907-353-5242 to schedule an appointment or find out when the next orientation briefing will occur.

UAF Disability Services

UAF Disability Services provides accommodations to students on the Fairbanks campus as well as on the Bristol Bay, Chukchi, Interior Aleutians, Kuskokwim, Northwest, Community Technical College (CTC), Center For Distance Education (CDE), and College for Rural and Community Development (CRCD) campuses.Students using community campuses or distance learning programs should contact Disability Services via telephone (907-474-5655), fax, e-mail, U.S. postal mail, or in person to request and arrange for accommodations.

Veterans with disabilities are encouraged to seek the accomodations necessary to achieve academic success at UAF and its satellite campuses.  The University is obligated to provide accommodation only to the known limitations of an otherwise qualified student who has a disability. Please identify yourself to UAF Disability Services by applying for accommodations and presenting documentation of your disability.

To be considered for UAF Disability Services accommodations individuals must be enrolled for at least one credit as a UAF student.  Applications for services can be completed online, emailed, faxed or mailed to Disability Services.

Counseling Services

Fairbanks Vet Center (map) - Vet Centers offer a wide range of services to help you make a successful transition from military to civilian life. You've earned these benefits and there is no cost to you or your family members. Services include :

  • individual & group counseling
  • marital and family counseling
  • bereavement counseling
  • medical & benefits referrals
  • employment counseling

Call 907-456-4238 to schedule an appointment.  Normal working hours are 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday.  In an effort to better serve the veteran and family members, upon request Vet Centers will provide services after normal work hours and/or on weekends.

UAF Counseling Services (map) All students at UAF who pay the Health Center fee are eligible to receive 6 counseling sessions per academic year at no additional charge. Students come to counseling for help with a wide range of personal and interpersonal concerns. Some seek help with adjustment to college. Others are looking for ways of reducing conflict in or improving personal relationships. Concerns about suicidal thoughts, depression, stress, eating and body image, alcohol/drug abuse, or problems resulting from sexual abuse are often issues discussed during counseling. Anyone experiencing domestic or relationship violence is strongly encouraged to talk with one of our counselors. Call 907-474-7043 or visit their Resources page for more information.

Veterans Crisis Line

Recognize the signs of risk for harming yourself:

  • Thinking about hurting/killing yourself
  • Looking for ways to kill yourself
  • Talking about death, dying, or suicide
  • Engaging in risky activities or self-destructive behavior without thinking (i.e. alcohol/drug abuse, weapons, etc.)
  • Hopelessness, feeling like there is no way out
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, mood swings
  • Feeling like there is no reason to live
  • Rage or Anger
  • Withdrawing from family and friends

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night.

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