Annual Events & Programs

Veteran Community BBQ

Fall semester (annual)

Hosted by the Class & Access Resource Center every fall semester, the Veteran Community BBQ brings together Amherst College students, staff and faculty who have military experience for a community meal. All military-connected community members and friends are welcome!

V.E.T.S Mentor Program

Beginning in Fall 2022, all first semester veteran students will be connected with a staff or faculty mentor as part of our new veteran mentoring initiative, the Veteran Education, Transition, and Support (V.E.T.S.) Mentor Program. Mentors are Amherst College staff or faculty members who have extensive military experience and who serve as a supportive person during the transition to Amherst.

Students meet with their mentors once a month throughout the first semester. Beyond the first semester, students may opt in to continue the mentoring relationship.

Get Involved & Connected

Amherst College Military Association - contact President Farhan Hussain, at fhussain24@amherst.edu 

The bi-weekly Veteran Study Group meets every other Thursday from 3:30-5:30 in the McCaffrey Room (Keefe Campus Center). Spring 2022 first date is February 17.

Amherst College Resources

Peer Tutoring
General Website: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/peer-tutoring 
How to request a Peer Tutor: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/peer-tutoring/information-for-students 

Writing Center
General Website: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter 
How to set up an appointment: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/makeappointment 

Counseling Center
“ALL ENROLLED STUDENTS are eligible to receive counseling and psychiatry services from the Counseling Center, including brief individual therapy, single-session counseling, groups, medication management, and urgent care.” 
Scott House
14 Hitchcock Road
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone (24hrs): 413-542-2354
Email: counsctr@amherst.edu 
Website: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/health-safety-wellness/counseling 

Accessibility Services
Provides accommodations for students with disabilities. For veterans, those who have service-connected and non-service-connected disabilities may benefit from connecting with this office. If you intend on using Chapter 31/Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E) then this office may be of great benefit to you.
Location: Converse Hall 201
Email: accessibility@amherst.edu 
Website: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/student-affairs/accessibility-services 

Community-Based Resources

Healthcare & Benefits 

Central Hampshire Veterans’ Services 
Services predominately for residents of Amherst/Central Hampshire County. Can assist with some VA items (e.g. filing a disability rating claim). Resources and opportunities for veterans using their GI Bill such as work study options.
Director – Steven Connor
Email: sconnor@northamptonma.gov
Phone: 413-259-3028 (Amherst)
Phone: 413-587-1299 (Northampton)
Fax: 413-259-2413 (Amherst)
Location
70 Boltwood Walk (First Floor)
Amherst, MA 01002
Hours of Operation
Amherst Satellite Office
Tuesday & Wednesday
8:00-4:00p
Northampton Office
Monday, Thursday Friday
8:30-4:00p
Website: https://www.amherstma.gov/435/Veterans-Services 

Northampton VA Medical Center
421 North Main Street
Leeds, MA 01053
Phone: 413-584-4040
Hours of Operation
24 hours
Website: https://www.va.gov/central-western-massachusetts-health-care/ 

Community-Based Outpatient Center (CBOC)
Springfield VA CBOC
25 Bond Street
Springfield, MA 01004
Phone: 413-731-6000
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 
7:30-5:00p
Website: https://www.va.gov/ 

Homebase Foundation: Veteran and Family Care
1 Constitution Road
Charleston, MA 02129
Phone: 617-724-5202
Website: https://homebase.org/ 
“Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Program, is dedicated to healing the invisible wounds for Veterans of all eras, Service Members, Military Families and Families of the Fallen through world-class clinical care, wellness, education and research. We strive to foster an inclusive environment, where each person has an experience of feeling valued and respected. All care is provided at no cost to the Veteran or Family Member as thanks from a Grateful Nation” – Home Base Foundation homepage

 

Social / Peer Support

Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion
96 Amity Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone: 413-253-9036

 

Housing

Atlantic Marine Communities at Westover – Off campus housing
10 Outer Drive
Chicopee, MA 01022
Phone: 413-888-602-8119
Email: SMB_Westover_Housing@usmc.mil (AD Military Address)
Email: westover-winnmilitary@propmsg.com (Atlantic Marine Community Email)
General Website: https://installations.militaryonesource.mil/military-installation/westover-arb/housing/housing 
Application Website: https://wo.atlanticmcc.com/how-to-apply 
Housing Priority Status: Veteran = 8
2 pet/per house policy (uses Marine Corps breed restrictions)
*Roughly 30 minutes from campus