Personal Support

Veterans Day Ceremony Fall 2012

There are times when we all need somebody to talk to about what we are struggling with or have questions about.  Here at UNCW, there are many resources to help support you through those stressful personal issues.

Assistant Dean Stephanie Ganser is available to talk with you if you need anything.

Assistant Dean Ganser
Contact Information:
Stephanie Ganser, M.Ed.
Phone: 910-962-3119 (to make an appointment)
Office: Fisher University Union, room 2013

UNCW Military Student Spotlight
Mike, Information Technology Major
United States Marines Veteran

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UNCW has a transition program in place for veterans and active duty service men and women that affords them the opportunity to become a leader, active citizen in the Greater Wilmington area, and foremost a successful student. The admissions department is staffed with a faculty that can answer all of your military transition related questions, or guide you to someone who can. Since exiting the Marine Corps, my time here at UNCW has been nothing but professional and personal development across my academics and career paths. Keeping up with the latest online-read-boards gave me the chance to recognize an amazing internship that I have been involved with at a nationally recognized company right here in Wilmington. I have also been able to secure an officers position with the UNCW Ski & Snowboard Club which has allowed me to meet and travel with so many young, driven adults. Being an active contributor to the community was a top priority when exiting the military. I am now the Standup Paddle Fitness Instructor for WB Surf Camp, and the training and certifications I received while I was on Active Duty helped me achieve this position. With some of my core curriculum here at UNCW involving entrepreneur classes, paired with leadership from UNCW mentors, I've also co-founded and launched a successful online market share. The transition from the military into the classroom is achievable by all, and we're here to help you every step of the way.

UNCW Resources

Military Resources

  • Military Lounge
    Did you know that UNCW has a lounge dedicated to its military-affiliated students?  The lounge is located in the Warwick Center. For more information about the lounge, calendar, and programming, click here.

Local Resources

  • The American Legion Post 233, 910.642.8791
    313 Phillips Street, Whiteville, NC 28472
  • VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post 2573, 910.791.9590
    2722 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC 28412
  • NC National Guard State Family Programs
    Family Programs has resources, tools, and events for Service Members, spouses, and kids such as deployment handbooks, Military Family Life Consultant Counselors and Financial Counselors, Family Assistance Centers, Super Family Assistance Centers, and online games or activities.
    • Wilmington Unit Family Contact Center, 910.251.7100
      2412 Infantry Road, Wilmington, NC 28405
    • Fayetteville Unit Family Contact Center, 910.321.1001
      3555 Owen Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28306
  • Disabled Veterans Organization
    DAV chapters provide transportation to and from VA Medical Facilities, loan wheelchairs and sickroom equipment, assist in filing VA and other claims, and much more.
    • Wilmington DAV Chapter 11, 910.612.9358 or
      4601 Park Avenue, Wilmington, NC 28406
    • Jacksonville DAV Chapter 16, 910.455.3400
      301 Rosevelt Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28540
  • Healthcare
    • Wilmington Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 910.763.5979
      736 Medical Center Drive, Suite 102, Wilmington, NC 28401
    • Brunswick County Outpatient Clinic, 910.488.2120 or 1.800.771.6106
      20 Medical Campus Drive, Suite 106, Supply, NC 28462
    • Jacksonville Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 910.353.6406
      241 Freedom Way, Suite 1, Midway Park, NC 28544
    • Jacksonville Vet Center, 910.577.1100
      110A Branchwood Drive, Jacksonville, NC 28546
    • Fayetteville Vet Center, 910.488.6252 or 1.877.927.8387
      4140 Ramsey Street, Suite 110, Fayetteville, NC 28311

State Resources

  • National Resource Directory for North Carolina
    Find information on benefits & compensation, family & caregiver support, housing, education & training, health, transportation & travel, employment, homeless assistance, and other services & resources.
  • NC Department of Administration State Veterans' Benefits
    Information for veterans and their family members on state benefits for education, scholarships, employment, guardians, licenses, handicapped parking privileges, voting, records, retirement credit, and tax relief.

National Resources

  • National Guard Family Program
    Information on family services, financial support, household support, emotional support, and health benefits.
  • Military OneSource
    This free service is provided by the Department of Defense to active duty, Guard and Reserve members, and their families with comprehensive information on every aspect of military life including deployment, reunion, relationships, grief, spouse employment & education, parenting & child care, and much more.
  • Student Veteran of America
    The mission of SVA is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.
    Great infomation for military spouses with resources on deployment, education, employment, and much more.
  • Tutoring Services
    Students in the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Reserves, Wounded Warriors, and deployed DoD civilian families are eligible for free access to the Department of Defense online tutoring program.
  • GI Bill
    Information about the post 9/11 GI Bill.
  • VA Work Study
    If you are a full-time or 3/4-time student in a college degree program, or a vocational pr professional program, you can "earn while you learn' with a VA work-study allowance.
    Wellness resources for the military community. Find information on post-traumatic stress, depression, families, financial health, physical injury, work adjustment, and much more.
  • Staying Strong
    A parent guidance website for military connected families.
  • Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
    The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center is a part of the U.S. military health system.  Specifically, it is Traumatic Brain Injury the operational component of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE). 
  • Women Veterans Healthcare, 1.877.222.8387
  • Women Veterans Health Care addresses the health care needs of women Veterans and works to ensure that timely, equitable, high-quality, comprehensive health care services are provided in a sensitive and safe environment at VA health facilities nationwide.

Employment Resources

  • Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
    ESGR understands the unique talents and skill set Guard and Reserve Service members can bring to the civilian workforce. As part of their outreach efforts, ESGR offers employer programs such as Bosslifts, employer briefings, and job fairs in your local area.
  • Enable America
    This nonprofit organization is dedicated to increasing employment among Americans with disabilities. Their goal is to work with all members of the community to eliminate barriers to employment and bridge the gap between disabled job seekers and the employers who want to hire them.
    VetJobs provides employment assistance and resources to all members of the United States Military Family.

Family & Childcare Resources

  • New Hanover County Child Care Subsidy, 910.798.3683
    Smart Start Funds provide parents who work, attend school, or training programs in paying for high-quality child care for their children, infants through age 5. 
  • New Hanover County Department of Social Services, 910.798.3400
    1650 Greenfield Street, Wilmington, NC 28402
    Can help provide information on child care subsidies, prevention services that can help people locate resources for rent, utilities, and food, food and nutrition services that can help purchase food items, medical assistance that can help provide access to medical services for low income people; transportation services to medical appointments, and more.
  • New Hanover County Smart Start, 910.815.3731
    3534 South College Road, Suite F, Wilmington, NC 28412
    Information on child care subsidy, child care program assistance, federal and state tax credits, head start programs, and more.
  • Smart Start PUZZLES Center, 910.815.3731
    PUZZLES provides information about choosing quality childcare, local child care businesses, and licensing requirements.  Counselors provide these services by phone, email, and in person to meet individual family needs and preferences such as location, care for infants and toddlers, hours of operation, and care for children with special needs.  PUZZLES also assists parents of children in navigating and accessing a variety of community services. Information is available on topics such as early intervention for special needs, child care subsidy, access to health insurance, and much more.
  • Child Care Facility Search Site
    This NC Division of Child Development and Early Education site allows you to search for child care facilities in your area. Enter your city, zip code, and any other criteria you would like to search by.
  • Parent Baby Connection, 910.364.9482 or
    Adjusting to life as a family presents many challenges for new parents. Parent Baby Connection is a hands-on interactive workshop for one evening that helps new and expectant parents learn about topics such as safety measures for newborns like proper car seat setup, caring for a new mother and postpartum support, basic newborn baby care techniques such as bathing, feeding, and diapering, and much more.
  • New Parents Support Group, 910.364.9482 or
    The new parents support group is a monthly gathering where you can meet, learn, share, and connect with other new parents. This is a place where you can receive support and guidance from your peers. Each meeting allows for parents of babies 0-6 months of age to share their highs, lows, and discuss topics related to the challenges and joys of parenting an infant.
  • Wilmington Parent
    Find tips and information on childcare, health, schools, families, activities, and more. Check out the family-friendly calendar of events and find family-friendly businesses in your area.
  • New Hanover County Schools, 910.763.5431
    6410 Carolina Beach Road, Wilmington, NC 28412
    Find information on school locations, driving directions, district maps, and links to individual school websites.
  • Pender County Schools, 910.259.2187
    925 Penderlea Highway, Burgaw, NC 28425
    Find information on school locations and links to individual school websites.
  • Brunswick County Schools, 910.253.2900
    35 Referendum Drive, Bolivia, NC 28422
    Find information on school locations, transportation services, and more.

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