Veterans health care

VA LogoDid 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. 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 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 the individuals must be enrolled for at least one credit in class as a UAF student.

Applications for services can be completed online, emailed, faxed or mailed to Disability Services.

Veterans Crisis Line LogoRecognize 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.

Fairbanks Vet Center

Fairbanks Vet Center logoVet 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 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-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 Student Health and Counseling Center (map)

Included in the cost of the Student Health and Counseling Center fee, students receive up to 5 free counseling sessions per semester. If a student requires more than 5 sessions, our counselors will do their best to refer them to the most appropriate community resource. Call 907-474-7043 or visit their Counseling Services page for more information.