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Helping Hands

Life is good, but sometimes, life can be hard. There are times when we all need a helping hand. This page is intended to provide information about resources available to you.

If you are a veteran and need assistance with counseling or medical treatment, please contact the Veterans Administration. If you have sustained an emotional set-back or physical impairment as a result of your active duty military service or your condition worsened as a result of your service, it is important to find out what benefits and resources are available to you, where you can get treatment, and how you can obtain a disability rating. You may be eligible for monetary compensation in addition to receiving the medical and/or mental health care treatment you need. To learn more about your benefits, contact VA Benefits: 1-800-827-1000 or VA Health Care Benefits: 1-877-222-8387.

If you are experiencing symptoms of or have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), there are several VA medical centers and clinics in Missouri to treat you. If you need immediate assistance for PTSD, contact 911 or 1-800-273-TALK/8255.

Help is available if you are experiencing symptoms of or have been diagnosed with a Substance Abuse Problem.

To learn more about the VA Health Care Programs available to you, access the Health Care A-Z Index and click on the topic for which you desire more information and assistance. If you are experiencing a crisis, please call the Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, Press 1. There are toll free numbers available to call VA representatives who can answer many of your questions.

Countless veterans are currently suffering from life-threatening illnesses that are a result of exposure to asbestos, which was commonly used in military applications such as cement, clutches, valves, brakes, gaskets, boilers and ships. Access comprehensive information about Pleural Mesothelioma at the Pleural Mesothelioma Center and the Mesothelioma Fund.

Career Assessment Tool

Focus is a comprehensive online career exploration program that can help you decide on a major and explore career options. Focus is self-paced and interactive. For personalized service, schedule a Career Counseling Appointment with a UCM Career Specialist, by calling 660-543-4985 or stop by the Office of Career Services, Elliott Union 302.

Fellowship Program

If you have Post 9/11 service, received an honorable discharge, have a disability rating with the VA, a need for financial assistance, and possess a desire to help others in need, you may qualify for a 14-28 week fellowship with a stipend of up to $6,000 to offset cost-of-living expenses through The Mission Continues. Learn more about the Fellowship Program and access the on-line application.