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U.S Vets: Outside the Wire

Orange Coast College supports our veteran students, and we embrace the fact that veterans bring unique life experiences that are often different from the general student population. These experiences establish a foundation for success, but they have the potential for making it difficult for veteran students to assimilate into traditional college life.

The U.S. Vets Outside the Wire (formerly known as Drop Zone) is an on-campus resource aimed at supporting Orange Coast College veteran and military connected students to make a smooth transition from military service to college life. OCC partners with veteran clinicians from Orange County Behavioral Health Services Agency to assist our veteran students with tackling some of the challenges they may encounter while balancing the conflicting priorities of home, work, and school. Services provided may include, but are not limited to:

- Safe, supportive, and confidential group discussions to identify, explore, an overcome roadblocks that may hinder success.

- Materials, information, resources, referrals, and individual assistance to make the transition to civilian life more productive.

- Professional one-on-one counseling with a seasoned and qualified veteran counselor to assist with unique problems, readjustment struggles, transitional obstacles, personal issues, family matters, and other situations.


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Student Health Center, Rm. 141





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Monday: 10:00AM - 1:00PM

Tuesday: 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Wednesday: 10:00AM - 2:00PM

Thursday: 1:00PM - 5:00PM

*Hours may are subject to change


Nicole Souders

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Michelle J. Fuentes

Case Manager II


                  Kristin Burnett

Doctoral Intern Therapist

Mon & Weds

Isiah Starr

Graduate Intern Therapist