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Colleges United in Fighting Veteran Suicide

During the 2022-2023 academic year, the Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC) collaborated with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish a coalition among local higher education institutions. This partnership aimed to implement community-based interventions for suicide prevention within the veteran community.

The coalition, known as Colleges United in Fighting Veterans Suicide (CUFVS), is dedicated to curbing veteran suicides on campus by fostering an atmosphere of connection and support for student veterans.

Working in conjunction with veteran centers at Mira Costa College, Palomar College, and CSU San Marcos, the SVRC helping develop innovative strategies to raise awareness about this pressing issue across our campus communities.

Mission Statement

The mission of our coalition is to reduce veterans suicides on campus by creating an environment of connectiveness and support for student veterans. We strive to create a campus community in which student veterans can find the resources, mentorship, and support they need to succeed. Our coalition partners include multiple colleges and universities dedicated to the well-being of student veterans.

We will advocate for needed resources, create awareness campaigns to reduce stigma, and provide mentoring and support services to help our veterans cope with the transition back to civilian life and achieve academic success. We will strive for collaboration among coalition members and other stakeholders in order to ensure the success of our mission. Together, we will create an environment where all student veterans can feel safe, connected, and supported dedicated to the well-being of student veterans.


Veterans Crisis Line

No Veteran should go through a crisis alone. Save the new Veterans Crisis Line number—Dial 988 then Press 1—in your phone in case you or a Veteran loved one needs support.

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VA S.A.V.E. Training will help you act with care and compassion if you encounter a Veteran who is in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts.

The acronym S.A.V.E. helps you remember the important steps involved in suicide prevention:

S: Signs of suicidal thinking should be recognized
A: Ask the most important question of all — “Are you thinking of killing yourself?”
V: Validate the Veteran’s experience
E: Encourage treatment and Eexpedite getting help

Learn more about VA S.A.V.E training

VA S.A.V.E. Training 2023

Please view our recording of the VA S.A.V.E. Training provided during Veterans Week 2023. 


How to Talk with a Veteran in Crisis