SSW Veteran Resources

Dr. Fernando TorgersonThe University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work has a long and proud history of serving our veterans and military family members. In 1967, Fernando Torgerson, our first dean, was a retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel with extensive experience in military/veteran social work. Torgerson served as dean until 1977 and without his leadership and guidance the School of Social Work would not be where it is today with a strong academic reputation and a well-known national leader in educating military social workers.


Today, more than 10% of our UTA social work students are veterans or immediate family members of veterans.  We have social work alumni serving at all levels in our armed forces and in veteran supported government and non-profit agencies.  We have faculty and staff members that are military veterans and are dedicated to helping our social work student veterans succeed.


According to College Factual, the UTA School of Social Work is ranked #1 in Texas and #5 in the country for veteran friendliness. This means The University of Texas at Arlington is the best school for veterans studying social work in Texas.

We are guided by the knowledge that Veterans offer unique academic and service experiences to the School of Social Work and we understand the importance of duty, honor and service. We believe, like military service, social work is a calling.  



Victor AllenAccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall employment of social workers is projected to grow 16% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Much of that growth will be in health care, military/veteran care, aging and mental health and substance use services.

We work closely with our veteran student population to connect them to university and campus resources. From a prospective student, to completing the application process, to academic advising, to graduation and later as alumni, we support and help you along the way.


The UTA Veteran Programs office, led by an Executive Director that reports to the University President, provides specialized programs and services to nearly 5,000 UTA veterans, active military service members, selected reserves, family members, and ROTC cadets. The UTA Military and Veteran Services Center is located on campus at 406 Summit Avenue, Arlington, Texas 76019.



For UTA social work students needing assistance or support for specific School of Social Work issues, please work with your assigned academic advisor or contact the School of Social Work  Juan SalaisManager of Communications, Community Outreach, Admissions & Recruiting and the designated School of Social Work Veteran Liaison, Antwan C. Williams (retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel) at 817-272-6708 or


Click here for more information about the military social work career field.










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Executive Director for UTA Veteran Programs
James Kumm
Division of Student Affairs
Veterans Assistance Center
406 Summit Avenue
Arlington, TX 76019
Phone: (817) 272-6702


UTA Veteran Benefits Certification Office
PO Box 19199
406 Summit Avenue
Arlington, TX 76019-0199
Phone: (817) 272-3017
Fax: (817) 272-7013


UTA VetSuccess on Campus Counselor
Veteran's Assistance Center
406 Summit Ave
Arlington, TX 76019
Phone: (817) 272-3017


UTA Veterans Upward Bound
TRiO Precollege Programs Veterans Assistance Center
406 Summit Ave
Arlington, TX 76019
Phone: (817) 272-9VUB(882)
Fax: (817) 272-9883


UTA School of Social Work Veteran Liaison
Antwan C. Williams, M.S., J.D.
Manager of Communications, Community Outreach, Admissions & Recruiting
211 S. Cooper Street
Social Work Complex, Building B, Office 119
Arlington, TX 76019
Phone: (817) 272-6708

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