The resources offered by Arizona State University, the Pat Tillman Veterans Center and many other agencies and organizations go beyond academic support. We are here for you with the tools you need to achieve and maintain a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle, while you pursue your degree and after you graduate.

Below you will find a list of ASU tools, resources and support services to help you succeed during your ASU experience. Additionally, you’ll find multiple non-ASU advocacy resources that can provide you with financial resources, health care, employment support, food security and more.

Whatever obstacles you may encounter, you won’t face them alone — we will face them with you. The PTVC is here to support you and offer you a sense of community.

ASU advocacy and veteran resources

Join the Veterans Support Circle

The Veteran Support Circle creates a supportive and safe environment for student veterans at ASU. Join us for weekly virtual meetings as we participate in honest and transparent communication with each other without judgement. The PTVC’s Veterans Support Circle helps us build camaraderie with one another through shared experiences of service.

Disability Resource Center

This center works to support students with disabilities across ASU campuses through a variety of resources and assistance. Reach out to Katherine Benedict for more information. 

Counseling Services

ASU Counseling Services is committed to the emotional health and wellness of ASU students, with 24/7 immediate consultation available. Mental health counselors include special-interest psychologists such as Michael Maisano, who focuses on military and veteran psychology.

Students Advocacy and Assistance

Students may experience a number of different personal or educational challenges during their time in college. Student Advocacy and Assistance works with students and their loved ones to make appropriate referrals and contacts, help address their personal concerns, and negotiate through various administrative options available to ASU students.

Office of University Rights and Responsibilities

In order to protect students from discrimination, harassment and retaliation in violation of university policy, the Office of University Rights and Responsibilities reviews and investigates concerns and complaints regarding discrimination and harassment.

Off-campus housing

Students looking for off-campus housing can review ASU Student Media’s housing guide to find the best option for them. If you are in need of housing assistance, email militaryadvocate@asu.edu to get connected to the resources you need.

Career and Professional Development Services 

ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services works to provide resources and support for students seeking internships and careers. Military and veteran-affiliated students are able to work with a dedicated career specialist, Chelsey Johnson

Veteran tutors 

The Student Veteran Tutoring Team is a partnership between the veterans center and ASU’s tutoring center that acts as a stepping stone for veterans to integrate into student life. By receiving mentorship from their student veteran peers in math subjects, students are able to begin adjusting to the university environment and expectations. 

Veteran’s center chaplain:

Shanen Dunagen is a veteran, a local pastor and our volunteer chaplain. He provides spiritual support to students and can connect them with other services.

Veteran and dependent checklist

 The benefits and admission process can be complicated, so we’ve created a checklist to help guide you through it. Refer to this checklist during the admission process and while you’re a student for helpful tips about applying and succeeding at ASU.  

Non-ASU advocacy resources

Arizona Together

A state organization that is committed to making sure Arizonans have access to resources and assistance in areas such as health care, finances, employment and food.

2-1-1 Arizona 

Helps Arizonans stay connected to available health and human services in their communities. These services include assistance with food security, paying bills, housing, health, disability services, veteran and military services, mental health support, employment services, and many more. 

Arizona Military Assistance Mission 

Works to provide financial support and morale aid to active duty military members and their families in Arizona.

Support services for veteran families

SSVF Grant

SSVF Grant: Supportive services grants are awarded to selected private nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives that assist low-income veteran families residing in or transitioning to permanent housing. Grantees are provided a range of supportive services designed to promote housing stability. Contact Keith Root, SSVF case manager, at 602-687-8132.

United Methodist Outreach Ministries

United Methodist Outreach Ministries: UMOM provides affordable housing and services to military veterans and their families in Phoenix and the West Valley. To learn more, contact UMOM at 602-466-1655.

Save the Family

Save The Family: Save the Family Foundation of Arizona offers a variety of programs designed to empower families in the East Valley to conquer homelessness and achieve lifelong independence. These include military veteran-specific programs, such as Valor on Eighth, an affordable housing community created specifically with veteran women and families in mind. To learn more, contact the Save the Family Foundation at 480-898-0228 (extension 106).

U.S. Vets

U.S. Vets: This organization offers a wide range of programs designed to address the specific needs of veterans, including permanent and transitional housing, job assistance, family services, counseling and more. To learn more, contact U.S. Vets at 602-441-0612.

The Primavera Foundation

The Primavera Foundation: The Primavera Foundation provides a pathway to affordable housing, workforce development and neighborhood revitalization in Tucson. The foundation also includes military veteran-specific programs that provide housing support services and temporary financial assistance to veterans and their families. For more information, contact the Primavera Foundation at 520-623-5111.

Pinal County veteran resources

Pinal County veteran resources: Veteran resources in Pinal County. Contact: 520-510-5142.

Arizona Department of Veterans Services Yuma office

Arizona Department of Veterans Services Yuma office: Veteran resources in Yuma. Contact: 928-726-2851.

Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront: Operation Homefront provides financial assistance to veterans in need. If you have immediate financial need, apply for Critical Financial Assistance. For more information, contact Operation Homefront at 1-877-264-3968 (toll-free) or 210-549-4600.

Salvation Army

Salvation Army: The Salvation Army works to aid those around the world through a variety of services such as food pantries, homeless shelters, job training and much more. Additionally, the Salvation Army has veteran-specific programs that provide shelters, adult rehabilitation centers and additional aid. List of centers in Arizona.

Your ASU Team

Troy Rundle

VA VetSuccess on Campus Counselor
Troy is ASU’s direct link to the VA from before admission through to graduation.

Contact information: troy.rundle@va.gov
480-727-5627 (office), 602-318-0406 (cell)


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Shawn Banzhaf

Senior Military Advocate
Shawn assists current military, veteran, military spouse and dependent students with consultation, guidance, referral and advocacy resources.

Contact information: militaryadvocate@asu.edu
480-727-3416.

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Daniel Ramirez

Assistant Military Advocate
Daniel assists current military, veteran, military spouses and dependent students with consultation, guidance, referral and advocacy resources.

Contact information: militaryadvocate@asu.edu
Downtown Phoenix campus: 602-496-0152, West campus: 602-543-8220

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Michelle Loposky

Assistant Director of Outreach and Engagement
Michelle is your direct link to professional development opportunities and events going on at ASU, from New Student Orientation to graduation week activities.

Contact information: mloposky@asu.edu
480-727-5626