Personalized Career Counseling

The Student Veteran Resource Center has partnered with the Career Development Center to offer student veterans personalized carreer counseling. Geralyn Mitchell, a career coach, assists student veterans with revising/building resumes, writing cover letters, and preparing for job interviews. She also assists students with building professional LinkedIn profiles.  Geralyn and the folks in Career Development have also created a Resource Page for student veterans.

Military Mountaineer Mentorship Program

The Military Mountaineer Mentorship Program's mission is to connect new military-affliliated students with current student veteran mentors in order to ease the stress of transitioning out of the military and becoming a student at Appalachain State University. The program usually consists of a multi-day outdoor activity to build camaraderie between mentors and mentees. Then the mentors and mentees will attend a monthly diner throughout the semester.

If you are a new student interested in joining the Military Mountaineer Mentorship Program or a currently enrolled student veteran interested in becoming a mentor, please email

Boots to Books Learning Community

All incoming student veterans are automatically enrolled in the Boots to Books Learning Community (B2B).  We utilize an online platform (offered through Appalachian's course management system, AsULearn) to provide comprehensive resources to our incoming student veterans.  In addition to a variety of resources, we offer discussion forums, access to mentors, and important updates.  

The learning community also allows us to provide a veterans-only section of First Year Seminar.  Students who have less than 30 credit hours when they begin attendance at Appalachian are required to take First Year Seminar (UCO 1200).   While student veterans are not required to enroll in the veterans-only section of UCO 1200, they are strongly encouraged to consider the B2B section.

For spring 2021, incoming students were enrolled at orientation.  Going forward, we plan to enroll incoming students as soon as they are admitted to Appalachian.

Campus Partnership Programming

Student Veteran Service regularly partners with other offices on campus to offer student veterans a wide array of specialized services as well as to spread awareness of veteran issues and needs across campus.  All campus partnership programs and events are posted on the Student Veteran Services Events Calendar.

Veteran and Military Orientation

The Office of Student Veteran Services hosts a Military Student Breakout Session during every Transfer Orientation.  The breakout session is designed to provide our incoming Military Mountaineers with a warm welcome from, and introduction to, the many advocates they have on campus.  We cover the Boots to Books learning community and introduce the mentors.